Yan Xiaonan

Nine

China

Doesn't get call from judges
StrawweightUFC
March 5, 2022
Yan lost to Marina Rodriguez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 28-29) at UFC 272 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
This was an excellent, back-and-forth fight which resulted in another questionable call from the judges. Yan clearly faded as the fight progressed, and Rodriguez was unquestionably the better fight in Round 3, but there is a clear case to be made that Yan did enough over the course of the first ten minutes to win. The two women fought to remarkably equal footing on the feet in Rounds 1 and 2, although Yan managed to land a takedown in each frame. Win or lose, this was a strong bounce-back effort from Yan on the heels of her knockout loss to Carla Esparza last May. It's imperative Yan win her next time out in order to avoid a three-fight losing streak, but she clearly remains near the top of the heap in what is a thin 115-pound female division.
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Looking to bounce back in March
StrawweightUFC
December 29, 2021
Xiaonan will take on Marina Rodriguez in a strawweight bout at the UFC event March 5, Paradigm Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Xiaonan suffered an ugly loss back in May at the hands of Carla Esparza. Prior to that she was on the verge of earning a title shot having won her first six fights in the UFC. Rodriguez on the other hand is coming in having earned an impressive unanimous decision win over Mackenzie Dern in October.
Obliterated by Carla Esparza
StrawweightUFC
May 22, 2021
Yan lost to Carla Esparza via TKO (strikes) at 2:58 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Competing in the biggest fight of her career and on the verge of earning a title shot with a victory, Yan was obliterated. It's impossible to envision a scenario in which this could have gone worse for her. Knowing full well that Esparza was going to lean on her wrestling, Yan threw a lazy, looping shot about ten seconds into the fight and found herself planted on her back the remainder of the round. It was more of the same in the second frame before countless unanswered shots forced referee Keith Peterson to (correctly) step in. Yan entered this fight having won her first half dozen UFC bouts. Her last three victories came over Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Angela Hill. She's gone up against and beaten quality competition, which makes this effort even more baffling. It's only one defeat, but Yan now finds herself miles and miles from title contention.
Fighting Esparza in May
StrawweightUFC
February 27, 2021
Xiaonan will fight Carla Esparza in a strawweight bout at a UFC event on May 22, MMA DNA reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight is expected to be a title eliminator. Xiaonan, who is ranked No. 3 and has won her last seven fights, will take on fourth-ranked Esparza, who has won her past four fights. The location of the fight has yet to be determined.
Puts strawweight division on notice
StrawweightUFC
November 7, 2020
Xiaonan defeated Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC on ESPN+ 40 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Xiaonan looked to have a speed advantage early, but Gadelha was unafraid of her power, jumping right in the pocket, landing a big left jab and taking Xiaonan down. Xiaonan got back to her feet, but spent the next few minutes getting muscled against the cage. Referee Jason Herzog separated the two, but Gadelha got another takedown. While Gadelha spent the rest of the round in top position, Xiaonan did get in a big elbow from her back. The second round swung the momentum in favor of Xiaonan, as she used the jab effectively to set up big combinations, putting her major speed advantage to use. Xiaonan spent a lot of time pressed against the fence in Round 3, but Gadelha's shoulders appeared to be tiring out, and Xiaonan landed short strikes when she could. The two were separated with a minute remaining and Xiaonan continued to pull away in the total striking numbers. Not only did Xiaonan look excellent against a former title contender, but she very much appears capable of going five rounds. This was very well the type of performance that could set her up for a title eliminator fight.
Fight to be pushed back
StrawweightUFC
September 3, 2020
Xiaonan will fight Claudia Gadelha at the UFC event scheduled for November 7, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It looked like originally Xiaonan was going to look for a new opponent for UFC 253, but it looks like she will ultimately opt to move the fight back to November due to Claudia Gadelha's injured knee. Xiaonan will be going for six straight Octagon wins.