Alatengheili Says There Were No Surprises in UFC 279 Fight, Not Even Breaking Opponent’s Nose

Las Vegas, NV — “The Mongolian Knight” Alatengheili secured his second straight victory inside the octagon at UFC 279 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Following up an April win over Kevin Croom, the 30-year old from Inner Mongolia, China went the distance with Canadian Chad Anheliger. Not much surprised him in the bout, he told reporters backstage following the bout. Not even breaking Anheliger’s nose.

“My initial thoughts [are] that this is how the fight was going to go. So this is really no surprise to me, due to my heart, training, and my camp/preparation,” Alatengheili (16-8-2) stated, speaking via translator to media outlets including Cageside Press.

“Of course we game planned everything and we tried to counter. But then during the fight, there was something that kind of surprised me, but I was able to counter everything he was throwing at me.”

As for the broken nose, which Anheliger suffered relatively early, “Again, it doesn’t shock me because this is the combo I practiced drilling in camp with my sparring partner, throwing that right hand to break his nose,” Alatengheili stated. “So again, this is how we wanted the fight to go.”

Watch the full UFC 279 post-fight press scrum with “The Mongolian Knight” Alateng Heili above.