Ashley Yoder
The Spider Monkey

USA

Books Oct. 26 fight with Yan Xiaonan
strawweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Yoder (7-4-0) is scheduled to face Yan Xiaonan (11-1-0, 1 NC) in a strawweight fight Oct. 26 at UFC Singapore, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yoder lost her first three fights after signing with the promotion late in 2016, but she's bounced back nicely in her subsequent two Octagon bouts. After scoring a split-decision win over Amanda Cooper last November, Yoder turned in her most dominant UFC performance to date this past June, defeating Syuri Kondo in three rounds via unanimous decision. Yoder may be hard pressed to keep the winning streak going, however, as Xiaonan has yet to lose in four UFC fights and recently defeated Angela Hill at UFC 238 in June. Yoder previously lost to Hill via unanimous decision back in July 2017.
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Puts on grappling clinic in win
strawweightUFC
June 22, 2019
Yoder defeated Syuri Kondo via unanimous decision (30-26, 20-25, 30-24) at UFC Fight Night 154 in Greenville, South Carolina on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Yoder was singularly focused on her wrestling in a manner we hadn't seen to this point in the UFC and it paid off huge, as she was able to ground the kickboxer multiple times and control her on the mat while landing big shots. Kondo did well to avoid being tapped, but that's about the only blemish on this performance from Yoder, who certainly lived up to her "Spider Monkey" moniker. Yoder had been on a tough run in the UFC, going 1-3 in her last four fights, but she is a skilled enough grappler that she may be able to turn a corner if she can consistently get the fight where she wants it. Yoder improves to 7-4 in professional MMA as a result of the win.
Draws Kondo in Greenville
strawweightUFC
May 1, 2019
Yoder will take on Syuri Kondo in a strawweight matchup at UFC Greenville on June 22, Jose Youngs of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yoder recently snapped a three-fight losing streak with a won over Amanda Bobby Cooper, and will enter this fight with both height and reach advantages. Kondo sports a sub-.500 record (1-2) as well, so the two could very well be fighting for their jobs in this preliminary bout.
Earns first win of UFC career Saturday in Denver
strawweightUFC
November 10, 2018
Yoder defeated Amanda Cooper via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Denver.
ANALYSIS
Cooper is arguably one of the worst fighters on the UFC roster and Yoder was able to sneak by her by the skin of her teeth. Her struggles on the feet more than cancel out any strong work she is able to do on the mat. Yoder has a nice fame (5-foot-7) for the division, but she simply isn't all that talented. Yoder has proven time and time again that she is nothing more than roster depth. Her UFC record "improves" to 1-3 with Saturday's win.
Will fight Amanda Cooper in November
strawweightUFC
August 9, 2018
Yoder will face off against Amanda Cooper in a strawweight matchup on Nov. 10 during UFC Fight Night in Denver, Damon Martin of MMANYTT.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 30-year-old is 5-4 as a professional, but sports a 0-3 mark during her time in the UFC. Most recently, she was defeated by Mackenzie Dern in early-March via split decision. Yoder will enter this matchup with big height and reach advantages, but if she's dealt another loss, her days with the promotion could be numbered. She'll need to lean on the takedown in order to come out on top, as Cooper has a takedown defense of just 20 percent over a five-fight sample size.
Looks strong in split decision loss to Mackenzie Dern
strawweightUFC
March 3, 2018
Yoder lost to Mackenzie Dern via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 222 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Yoder may very well have won if she didn't allow Dern to land a takedown about halfway through Round 3. Yoder had a significant edge in the striking department and she did a decent job of defending herself in all grappling exchanges prior to the closing stages of the fight. Considering very few people were giving Yoder any change of winning, she fought well. Yoder is now 0-3 in her UFC career. Normally that results in an automatic release, but the 30-year-old showed enough on Saturday that it seems likely she will get one more opportunity with the company.