Shanna Young

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Victim of poor stoppage
October 2, 2021
Young lost to Stephanie Egger via TKO (strikes) at 2:22 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Young was reasonably effective when the two women were trading at distance, but she had some technical issues in terms of her takedown defense, and that led to Egger picking up more than three minutes worth of control time. The stoppage was baffling, as referee Mark Smith must have felt Young wasn't defending herself from the bottom. It was a terrible call and one that figures to lead to a protest from Young and her team, although those rarely go anywhere. The 30-year-old Virginia native has now dropped each of her first two UFC bouts, in addition to a loss on Dana White's Contender Series back in August 2019.
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Listed as fighting Egger
September 19, 2021
Young will take on Stephanie Egger in a bantamweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 2, Tom Feely of Sherdog reports (via Marcel Dorff of MMADNA).
Young came up short in her official UFC debut against Macy Chiasson back in February of 2020, and she'll finally get her second shot with the company. She'll be going up against a fighter with similar circumstances, as Egger also lost a short-notice debut to Tracy Cortez as a heavy underdog. On paper, Young is an inch taller but will be giving up three inches in reach to her adversary. Young also has just 10 pro fights to her name, but her opponent is of similar experience, having logged only seven.
Drops short-notice debut
February 15, 2020
Young lost to Macy Chiasson via unanimous decision (26-30, 26-30, 26-30) at UFC Rio Rancho on Saturday.
Stepping in on short notice as the biggest underdog on the card, Young opened up aggressive with nothing to lose. She landed a left high kick on three separate occasions and had Chiasson visibly hurt, but once the pace settled down, things began to even out. Young ate several huge knees from the taller, longer Chiasson in the clinch, but also managed to return fire with some elbows of her own. She was taken to the mat via a trip at the end of the round and ate heavy ground-and-pound. Young appeared to get another wind in the second, but after a series of grappling exchanges, she ended up on her back. Chiasson delivered elbows and body shots from half guard to likely secure the round. The third period was more of the same, as Chiasson caught a high kick and drove Young back to the canvas, continuing to lay on ground-and-pound. Young was able to hold off several submission attempts and ultimately survive, but it was clear she dropped the final two rounds. Still, it was an impressive effort for a short-notice debut, and it's fair to wonder how much the elevation effected her cardio. Look for a better showing with a full fight camp.
Making UFC debut vs. Chiasson
February 11, 2020
Young (7-2-0) will take on Macy Chiasson (5-1-0) in a bantamweight bout Saturday at UFC Rio Rancho, USA Today reports.
The soon-to-be 29-year-old Young will be making her promotional debut as a short-notice replacement for former UFC champion Nicco Montano (knee), who was forced to bow out of the matchup with Chiasson due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. Young previously fought in the flyweight class as part of the Invicta FC promotion, so she'll face the disadvantage of having to fight in a different division in addition to having little time to prepare for the showdown with Chiasson.