Yadong Song

The Terminator


Matching up against Arce
September 20, 2021
Song is set to face Julio Arce on Nov. 13 at UFC Vegas 42, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Song is coming off a victory in August against Casey Kenney, winning via split decision. Song has emerged victorious in six of his last eight fights and will look to make it two straight in November.
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Rebounds with strong effort
August 7, 2021
Song defeated Casey Kenney via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) at UFC 265 on Saturday in Houston.
Disregard the "split decision" terminology -- Song clearly won this fight. He played a dangerous game by allowing Kenney to push the pace of the bout, but Song displayed much faster hands and was much more accurate with his combinations. He had Kenney constantly chasing him, and his ability to fire off shots without getting hit in return was impressive. Song won't turn 24 years of age until December. His ceiling is massive, and it's a very promising sign that he was able to rebound from his unanimous decision defeat to Kyler Phillips this past March is such strong fashion.
Facing Kenney in August
June 7, 2021
Song will take on Casey Kenney in a bantamweight bout at UFC 265 on Aug. 7, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Song has had a mixed bag lately, going 1-1-1 over his last three fights. His last time in the Octagon was in May against Marlon Vera when Song defeated him via unanimous decision. Kenney on the other hand is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Dominick Cruz back in March.
Suffers first UFC defeat
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.
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.
Taking on Kyler Phillips in March
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.
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
May 16, 2020
Song defeated Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
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.