Yadong Song
The Terminator

China

Suffers first UFC defeat
BantamweightUFC
March 6, 2021
Song lost to Kyler Phillips via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC 259 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Song deserves credit for seeing the final bell here, let alone finding a second wind and somehow winning Round 3. He also ate a head kick that would have sent 99 percent of the UFC roster into the next galaxy and continued to push forward unfazed. There are plenty of positives here despite the setback. Song won't turn 24 years of age until early-December. He also gets top-tier training every single day at Team Alpha Male. He has power, and on Saturday he displayed an ability to finish strong in a fight which didn't go his way in the early going. To make a long story short, Song remains an intriguing fighter moving forward despite suffering his first UFC loss here. He is now 4-1-1 in his first half-dozen bouts with the company.
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Taking on Kyler Phillips in March
BantamweightUFC
January 11, 2021
Song (16-4-1, 1 NC) is slated to face Kyler Phillips (8-1-0) in a bantamweight fight as part of the UFC's March 6 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Song has been unbeaten in his first six UFC bouts, claiming five wins and one draw. He'll square off against another streaking fighter in Phillips, a victor in three straight bouts.
Remains unbeaten in UFC
BantamweightUFC
May 16, 2020
Song defeated Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It didn't come easy. There was little separation between the two men in a fight Song entered a (-200) favorite. He was slightly more effective than Vera over the course of the first two rounds before fading in the final five minutes. Song hits hard for a featherweight and clearly had a power edge over Vera. Song's striking defense needs work, and he makes some technical errors here and there, but his ceiling is immensely high given the fact he doesn't turn 23 years of age until late-December. He already has five (5-0-1) UFC victories under his belt. He'll also take home an extra $50,000 for his efforts here, as this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Appears fight is on
BantamweightUFC
May 15, 2020
According to an Instagram post from Urijah Faber, Song is slated to take part in his scheduled bout Saturday versus Marlon Vera.
ANALYSIS
Faber was a surprise on the scales Friday and it turns out he was there as an emergency replacement if Song couldn't get his visa issues figured out. Those appear to be out of the way, so Song should retake his spot on the card and sits around a -190 favorite as of Friday afternoon.
Saturday bout in jeopardy
BantamweightUFC
May 15, 2020
Song is currently dealing with some visa issues that could place his bout against Marlon Vera in jeopardy, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Song has already weighed in at 145.5 pounds for the event, so this specifics surrounding his circumstances remain unclear. Should he ultimately be unable to compete, the UFC did bring in Urijah Faber to weigh in as an alternate for the event. Faber weighed in at 153.5 pounds as an alternate, and is standing by while all parties involved work toward a conclusion.
Facing Marlon Vera in May
BantamweightUFC
April 28, 2020
Song (15-4-1, 1 NC) is slated to face Marlon Vera (17-5-1) in a bantamweight fight May 16 as part of a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Mike Heck and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Song will take a eight-fight unbeaten streak into Jacksonville, though he settled for a draw with Cody Stamann in his last bout at UFC Washington in December. The 22-year-old has been regarded as one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the division since cracking the top-15 rankings following his first-round knockout of Alejandro Perez at UFC 239 last summer.