Yan Xiaonan
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China

Taking on Gadelha in September
StrawweightUFC
July 6, 2020
Xiaonan will take on Claudia Gadelha in a strawweight fight for the UFC event set to be held Sept. 26 in Las Vegas, Raphael Marinho of Combate.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The strawweight bout has a yet-to-be-determined location, though Las Vegas is presumably the frontrunner if the fight is held stateside. Xiaonan last was in the Octagon in February when she defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision, improving to a perfect 5-0 under the UFC banner. Gadelha has won three of her last four bouts, but her last victory against Angela Hill was of the split-decision variety, and many thought she dropped that bout. Xiaonan has a one-inch height advantage, while both women have a 63-inch reach. Xioanan has nearly twice the striking volume of Gadelha, averaging 6.72 significant strikes per minute (albeit over a smaller sample size). Gadela has the edge in offensive wrestling, converting 3.13 takedowns per 15 minutes of fight time in her UFC run.
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Batters opponent in statement win
StrawweightUFC
February 22, 2020
Xiaonan defeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC Fight Night 168 in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Xiaonon didn't end up getting any 10-8 scorecards for her performance, but seemingly any round could have qualified, as the Chinese fighter came forward throwing accurate power shots from the opening bell, and landed more often than not. What really stood out here was just how much stronger Xiaonon was than her opponent, winning every single clinch exchange in the bout. Xiaonon has now grabbed two significant pelts in a row in the form of Angela Hill and Kowalkiewicz, which should mean that a journey towards title contention is around the corner. Xiaonon improves to 12-1 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Facing Karolina Kowalkiewicz
StrawweightUFC
December 8, 2019
Xiaonan will face Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Auckland on Feb. 22, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Xiaonan had been scheduled to face Ashley Yoder in October but was forced to withdraw due to a foot injury. With that issue now behind her, she'll look to extend her UFC record to 5-0. Her opponent, Kowalkiewicz, will be looking to reverse a streak of three straight losses.
Pulls out of Singapore
StrawweightUFC
September 25, 2019
Xiaonan was forced to withdraw from her fight against Ashley Yoder at UFC Singapore due to a foot injury, Raphael Marinho of Combate reports.
ANALYSIS
Xiaonan was set to enter the fight in Singapore with a perfect 4-0 record since signing with the UFC. Now, the foot injury, which occurred during a wrestling practice, has left Yoder without an opponent, and there is no word as to whether or not the promotion will be able to find a replacement on short notice.
Fight vs. Yoder coming in Singapore
StrawweightUFC
September 10, 2019
Yan (11-1-0) is scheduled to face Ashley Yoder (7-4-0) in a strawweight bout Oct. 26 at UFC Singapore, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The 32-year-old will look to push her UFC record to a perfect 5-0-0 as she returns to the Octagon for the first time since soundly defeating Angela Hill at UFC 238 in June. She'll get a tough draw against another surging fighter in Yoder, who has emerged victorious in her last two fights, which included a dominant performance versus Syuri Kondo in June.
Continues volume striking tour
StrawweightUFC
June 8, 2019
Xiaonan defeated Angela Hill via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
At the end of the first round, Hill had a fully locked on triangle choke. However, Yan was able to survive and make the final bell. For the rest of the fight, both fighters had their moments in the striking game, but Yan was much more active throughout. Yan still eats a lot of counters from her opponents, but her offensive striking will be more than enough to carry her to victories in this division.