Pros react after Xiaonan Yan defeats Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 61

By Chris Taylor - October 1, 2022

Tonight’s UFC Vegas 61 event was headlined by a key women’s strawweight matchup featuring Mackenzie Dern taking on Xiaonan Yan.

Mackenzie Dern, Xiaonan Yan, UFC Vegas 61

Dern (12-3 MMA) was returning to action for the first time since defeating Tecia Torres at UFC 273. The jiu-jitsu ace had gone 5-1 over her past six Octagon appearances overall, with three of those five wins coming by way of submission.

Meanwhile, Xiaonan Yan (16-3 MMA) had entered tonight’s UFC Vegas 61 main event with hopes of snapping a two-fight losing skid. ‘Fury’ had suffered losses to Carla Esparza and Marina Rodriguez in her two most recent efforts, but prior to that was on a twelve-fight unbeaten streak.

Tonight’s ‘Dern vs. Yan’ headliner resulted in a solid back and forth affair. Mackenzie Dern was able to dominate rounds two and five on the canvas, but round 1, 3 and 4 were clearly in favor of the Chinese standout. After twenty-five minutes of action it was pretty clear that the bout would either go to Yan or be ruled a draw. Unfortunately for Dern, only one judge awarded her with a 10-8 round and thus she lost a majority decision.

Official UFC Vegas 61 Result: Xiaonan Yan def. Mackenzie Dern by majority decision (48-47 x2, 47-47)

Check out how the pros reacted to ‘Dern vs. Yan’ below:

Post-fight reactions to Xiaonan Yan defeating Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 61:

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