Song Kenan
The Assassin

China

Knocked out early by Max Griffin
WelterweightUFC
March 20, 2021
Kenan lost to Max Griffin via KO (punch) at 2:20 in Round 1 at UFC Vegas 22 on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters throw big shots in the middle of the Octagon in a competitive fight early on. Griffin counters Kenan with a mighty right hand that causes him to stagger back against the fence. Griffin pursues the hurt Kenan, where he knocks him out cold. Power, athleticism and technique prevailed for Griffin in the win.
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Added to March 20 card
WelterweightUFC
December 1, 2020
Kenan will take on Max Griffin on the March 20 card, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Kenan has picked up back-to-back victories after suffering his first loss at the hands of Alex Morono back in 2018. He gives up five inches of reach to Griffin -- who is looking for back-to-back wins for the first time in his UFC career -- so Song will aim to work inside while fending off the takedown attempts.
Squashes opponent in short order
WelterweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Kenan defeated Callan Potter via KO (punches) at 2:20 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Kenan has always been a sharp, powerful striker, and that was more than enough to take out a judo player and striking novice like Potter. While he can sometimes wait too long on his opponents as a powerful counter striker, Song can do everything well inside the cage, which should make him fun to watch going forward. He improves to 16-5 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Will take on Callan Potter
WelterweightUFC
December 26, 2019
Kenan will face Callan Potter in a welterweight matchup at UFC Auckland on Feb. 23, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kenan has won three of his four fights under the UFC banner by proving to be an effective striker, most recently defeating Derrick Krantz via unanimous decision at UFC Shenzhen in August. Potter has been inconsistent in his two UFC matchups, as he struggled to defend against power strikes in his UFC debut but handled Maki Pitolo's efforts when he defeated Pitolo via unanimous decision at UFC 243 in October. Potter carries slight advantages in height and reach, but Kenan could try to expose Potter through his striking ability.
Improves to 3-1 in UFC
WelterweightUFC
August 31, 2019
Song defeated Derrick Krantz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Shenzhen, China.
ANALYSIS
This is the kind of result that makes you wonder if Song would have got the judge's decision if the card wasn't being held in his native China. Yes, he was the far more effective striker of the two and he finished with all the momentum on his side in the third and final round, but he allowed three takedowns on six attempts and was shockingly ineffective in Round 2. Regardless, the judge's opinions are the only ones that matter and Song has now picked up victories in three of his first four UFC bouts.
Booked for Shenzhen
WelterweightUFC
August 22, 2019
Kenan will take on Derrick Krantz in a welterweight matchup at UFC Shenzhen on Aug. 31.
ANALYSIS
Kenan started his career with back-to-back wins, but fell to Alex Morono in a Fight of the Night winner last November. He averages 4.28 significant strikes landed per minute, but is more than willing to get hit, absorbing 5.52. He'll draw an opponent in Krantz who lost his UFC debut to the red-hot Vicente Luque via knockout in May. Kenan will enter with a two-inch height advantages, but gives up just one inch in reach.