Yan Xiaonan is back in the win column after his first main event at UFC Vegas 61 this past weekend (October 1, 2022).
Prior to his meeting with Mackenzie Dern, Yan (16-3, 1 NC) had lost two straight games for the first time in his career. In the first of those two losses, Yan succumbed to the dominant wrestling game of current champion Carla Esparza (see highlights), leading many to consider her the underdog against the wizard of jiu-jitsu. , Last.
Dern definitely found success on the court in several rounds against Yan, but in the end she couldn’t lock in a submission and fell to the Chinese “Fury” via a hard-fought majority decision (see highlights).
Yan once dreamed of one day getting a fight with former champion, Rose Namajunas, and she hopes to set herself up for it with this recent victory.
“I will discuss with my coaches and management team to see who is next,” Yan said. MMA hour. “But, there is always one name I want to fight, other than fighting for the belt. Her name is Rose Namajunas, because everyone recognizes that she is probably the best fighter in the division. So yes, I want it. Sure [she’s who I wish to fight next]. I like this game. »
Namajunas last fought in a rematch against the aforementioned Esparza, relinquishing her title via split decision (watch highlights) at UFC 274 in May 2022. Must come back as Esparza prepares to defend his title against Zhang Weili at UFC 281 on November 12, 2022 at Madison Square Garden.
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