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Yan Xiaonan, Mackenzie Dern

What's next for Yan Xiaonan and Mackenzie Dern after UFC Vegas 61?

Cole Shelton - October 3, 2022

In the main event of UFC Vegas 61, a top-10 strawweight bout headlined the card as Mackenzie Dern took on Yan Xiaonan. Dern entered the fight coming off a split decision win over Tecia Torres to return to the win column after a five-round decision loss to Marina Rodriguez in her first UFC main event. Xiaonan, meanwhile, was set to headline her first UFC card and was coming off back-to-back losses to Rodriguez by split decision and a TKO loss to Carla Esparza.

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Yan Xiaonan

Xiaonan Yan excited following UFC Vegas 61 win over Mackenzie Dern: "I worked so hard hoping this day would come back to me"

Fernando Quiles - October 2, 2022

Xiaonan Yan hit rock bottom after losing two bouts in a row, but her misfortunate recently turned around. Yan went toe-to-toe with Mackenzie Dern in the main event of UFC Vegas 61 this past weekend. The bout went the distance and in the end, it was Yan who took the majority decision victory.

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Yan Xiaonan prepared to head to the mat with Mackenzie Dern at UFC Vegas 60: "That is the only way she can win this fight"

Josh Evanoff - September 28, 2022

UFC women’s strawweight contender Yan Xiaonan is ready to do whatever it takes to defeat Mackenzie Dern. The Chinese fighter is fresh off her bout with Marina Rodriguez at UFC 272 in March. In that outing, Xiaonan lost by a contentious split decision. The defeat was her second in a row, as she was previously finished by Carla Esparza in May 2021.

Mackenzie Dern
Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie Dern confident she'll submit Yan Xiaonan, eyes Rose Namajunas or the loser of Esparza-Weili next: "It definitely won't be an easy fight"

Cole Shelton - September 27, 2022

Mackenzie Dern is excited to headline another card. Dern is set to headline UFC Vegas 61 against Yan Xiaonan in a crucial fight for the strawweight division. Although Xiaonan is coming off two straight losses, Dern knows she is a tough test and after she defeated Tecia Torres last time out, the American expected this fight to be next.

Amanda Ribas

Amanda Ribas makes most respectful callout imaginable, 'Hey, Yan Xiaonan, how are you?!'

Drake Riggs - June 24, 2021

Amanda Ribas has always been one of the nicest fighters in the UFC. The rising Brazilian superstar has been out of action since January but it hasn’t been without a lack of effort. Now, Ribas has a name in mind for a return, and let it be known on Thursday.

Dana White
Dana White

Dana White responds to Carla Esparza's request for a title shot: "Statement made. Message received. We see you!"

Christopher Taylor - May 22, 2021

UFC President Dana White has responded to Carla Esparza after the former champ called for a title shot following her mauling of Yan Xiaonan. Esparza (18-6 MMA), the promotions inaugural strawweight champion, squared off with Xiaonan (13-2 MMA) in the co-headliner of tonight’s UFC Vegas 27 event.

Carla Esparza, UFC Vegas 27

UFC Vegas 27 Results: Carla Esparza TKO's Yan Xiaonan (Video)

Chris Taylor - May 22, 2021

Tonight’s UFC Vegas 27 event is co-headlined by a key women’s strawweight matchup between top division contenders Carla Esparza and Yan Xiaonan. Esparza (18-6 MMA) will enter tonight’s contest sporting a four-fight winning streak, her latest being a split-decision victory over Marina Rodriguez. The former strawweight champion has gone 7-3 overall since losing her title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk.