Song Yadong

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Song Yadong
Born (1997-12-02) December 2, 1997 (age 22)
Hulan District, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Native name宋亚东
Other namesThe Kung Fu Monkey
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)
Reach67 in (170 cm)[1]
StyleSanda, BJJ
Fighting out ofSacramento, California, United States
TeamTeam Alpha Male
Enbo Fight Club
Years active2013-present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission3
By decision6
By knockout1
By decision2
By disqualification1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Song Yadong (Chinese: 宋亚东; born December 2, 1997) is a Chinese mixed martial artist who competes as a Bantamweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship.[2] As of October 28, 2019, he is #13 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.[3]

Early life[edit]

At the age of 10, Song was initially sent to the city Dengfeng by his mother, to study the martial art Wushu. Song went on to win a gold medal at the Hebei Sanshou Championships at 60 kg; at the age of 12, Song discovered the martial art Sanda and later went to study Sanda at the School of Songjiang Wu. However, Song later went to the Beijing Aohalin Fight Club to start training in Mixed Martial Arts under Ao Hailin. Song made his professional debut in 2013,[4] where he has fought in promotions such as Kunlun Fight and One Fighting Championship.

MMA career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In November 2017, it was announced that Song Yadong would step in on short notice, to fight the first ever Indian-born fighter in the UFC and fellow debutante, Bharat Kandare at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum in Shanghai, China.[5] Song's UFC debut took place on the 25th November, 2017. Song landed fast counter punches, combinations and some heavy leg kicks, but at the end of the fourth minute, Song landed a right hand that knocked Khandare down, causing Khandare to reach for Song's legs to try and get a takedown; however, it was not a good attempt and Song was easily able to secure a front choke, giving Song his first UFC win and his third win by submission.[6][7]

In Song's second UFC fight, he faced Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner and Muay Thai fighter, Felipe Arantes on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards in Singapore.[8] After a strong first round, with Song landing quick counter punches and securing top control after catching an Arantes' kick, the second round saw much of the same, except Arantes shot for a double-leg which ultimately resulted in Song easily shucking it off with Arantes, again, landing on his back with Song attempting an arm-triangle choke. However, with exactly a minute left in the second round, Arantes was able to force a stand up and returned to his feet. With 10 seconds remaining in the round, Arantes was being pushed against the fence and what was looking like another round being won by Song; Song landed a hard elbow, which forced Arantes to crumple onto his knees that forced the referee to jump in and end the fight, declaring Song the victor by way of technical knockout at 4:59 of the second round.[9][10] With this win, Song received the Performance of the Night bonus which earned him an extra $50,000[11]

Song was expected to face Frankie Saenz on 24 November 2018 at UFC Fight Night 141.[12] However, it was reported on November 7, 2018 that he pulled out of the event due to injury and he was replaced by newcomer Vince Morales.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Song was scheduled to face Alejandro Pérez on March 2, 2019 at UFC 235.[15] However, it was reported on January 11, 2019 that he pulled out due to an undisclosed reason. He was replaced by Cody Stamann.[16] The bout with Pérez was rescheduled and eventually took place on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[17] Song won the fight via knockout in the first round.[18] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[19]

Song faced Cody Stamann on December 7, 2019 at UFC on ESPN 7.[20] After three round fight, the fight ended with a draw.[21]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
21 matches 15 wins 3 losses
By knockout 6 1
By submission 3 0
By decision 6 2
By disqualification 0 0
Draws 1
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 14-3-1 (2) Cody Stamann Draw (majority) UFC on ESPN: Overeem vs. Rozenstruik December 7, 2019 3 5:00 Washington, D.C, United States
Win 14–3 (2) Alejandro Pérez KO (punch) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 1 2:04 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 13–3 (2) Vince Morales Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 12–3 (2) Felipe Arantes TKO (elbows) UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 2 4:59 Kallang, Singapore Return to Bantamweight. Performance of the Night.
Win 11–3 (2) Bharat Khandare Submission (front choke) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 1 4:16 Shanghai, China Return to Featherweight. Performance of the Night.
Win 10–3 (2) Makoto Yoshida TKO (Strikes) WLF W.A.R.S. 18 October 27, 2017 1 1:05 Maerkang, China Lightweight debut.
Win 9–3 (2) Edgars Skrivers Decision (unanimous) Kunlun Fight MMA 10 April 6, 2017 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 8–3 (2) Shamil Nasrudinov Submission (choke) WLF W.A.R.S. 10 November 26, 2016 2 N/A Zhengzhou, China
Loss 7–3 (2) Renat Ondar Decision (unanimous) WLF E.P.I.C. 9 October 24, 2016 3 5:00 Zhengzhou, China
Win 7–2 (2) Vachagan Nikogosyan TKO (punches) WLF E.P.I.C. 6 July 23, 2016 1 N/A Zhengzhou, China
Loss 6–2 (2) Alexey Polpudnikov KO (punch) MFP: Mayor's Cup 2016 May 14, 2016 2 0:50 Khabarovsk, Russia
Win 6–1 (2) Aleksander Zaitsev Decision (unanimous) WLF E.P.I.C. 1 January 13, 2016 3 5:00 Zhengzhou, China Bantamweight bout.
NC 5–1 (2) Giovanni Moljo NC (groin kick) Road to M-1: China July 25, 2015 N/A N/A Chengdu, China
Win 5–1 (1) Rae Yoon Ok KO (punch) WBK 3 April 5, 2015 1 0:50 Ningbo, China Featherweight debut.
Loss 4–1 (1) Xian Ji Decision (unanimous) ONE FC 24: Dynasty of Champions December 19, 2014 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 4–0 (1) Yafei Zhao Decision (majority) RUFF 13 June 7, 2014 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
Win 3–0 (1) Baasankhuu Damlanpurev Submission (rear-naked choke) RUFF 12 March 29, 2014 1 N/A Shanghai, China
Win 2–0 (1) Heili Alateng Decision (unanimous) RUFF 11 November 30, 2013 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
Win 1–0 (1) Wulalibieke Baheibieke Decision (unanimous) RUFF 10 September 24, 2013 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
NC 0–0 (1) Wuheng Zhao NC (groin strike) RUFF 9 May 18, 2013 N/A N/A Sanya, China Bantamweight debut.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Song Yadong - Official UFC® Profile". Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  2. ^ "Song Yadong - Official UFC® Profile". Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  3. ^ "Rankings | UFC". Retrieved 2019-10-28.
  4. ^ "宋亚东". Baike Baidu. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the UFC: Yadong Song, Bharat Kandare and Xiaonan Yan". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  6. ^ Maitra, Sayantan. "UFC Shanghai: India's Bharat Khandare taps out in Round 1 to China's Song Yadong". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  7. ^ "UFC Fight Night 122 results: Song Yadong impresses with first-round submission of Bharat Khandare". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-25. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  8. ^ "Felipe Arantes Sertanejo e Song Yadong lutarão no UFC Singapura". SUPERMMA.COM (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  9. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Song Yadong flattens Felipe Arantes with blistering elbow strike". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  10. ^ "Chinese fighters star at UFC Singapore and call on Dana White for Beijing event". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 bonuses: Ovince Saint Preux among $50,000 winners for slick armbar". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  12. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-10-16). "Rising star Song Yadong faces Frankie Saenz during UFC Beijing" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-10-16.
  13. ^ DNA, MMA. "Chinese Team Alpha Male vechters maken opwachting tijdens UFC Beijing". Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night 141 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  15. ^ Staff (2019-01-24). "Alejandro Perez vs. Song Yadong booked as 13th addition to UFC 235 lineup". Retrieved 2019-01-24.
  16. ^ Mike Heck (2019-02-10). "Cody Stamann: 'I'm going to beat the s--t out of' Alejandro Perez". mmanews. Fight Results. Videos. Interviews. Retrieved 2019-02-10.
  17. ^ DNA, MMA. "Tweede poging voor Alejandro Perez vs. Song Yadong tijdens UFC 239 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  18. ^ Evanoff, Josh (2019-07-06). "UFC 239 Results: Song Yadong Flatlines Alejandro Perez". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  19. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-07-07). "UFC 239 Bonuses! Masvidal's Historic KO Leads $50K Winners". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  20. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2019-09-04). "Bantamweights Cody Stamann, Yadong Song booked for UFC on ESPN 7". Retrieved 2019-09-04.
  21. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-12-07). "UFC DC Results: Song Yadong Escapes With a Draw Against Cody Stamann". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-12-08.
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 bonuses: Ovince Saint Preux among $50,000 winners for slick armbar". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  23. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (2019-07-07). "UFC 239 Bonuses! Masvidal's Historic KO Leads $50K Winners". Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  24. ^ "Yadong". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-10-26.

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