|Born||June 16, 1989|
Shenyang, Liaoning, China
|Other names||Fury |
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Division||Strawweight (2010–present) |
|Reach||63 in (160 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Beijing, China|
|Team||China Top Team |
Team Alpha Male (2021–present)
|Teacher(s)||Sanda: Zhao Xuejun|
BJJ: Ruy Menezes
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Urijah Faber|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Yan Xiaonan (born June 16, 1989) is a Chinese professional mixed martial artist. She currently competes in the Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of September 19, 2023, she is #2 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings, and as of August 15, 2023, she is #9 in the UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.
Yan's background is in Sanda. Yan attended Xi'an Sports University and was introduced to an MMA program by her coach Zhao Xuejun in 2009. At the Xi'an Sports University, Yan continued her practice in Sanda. It wasn't until 2015 that Yan switched over to MMA.
Mixed martial arts career
Yan began training martial arts at the age of 13. She started her professional MMA career in 2009 and she has fought in various promotions, most notably Road Fighting Championship. She amassed a record of 9–1 (1 NC), before signing with the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Yan was the first Chinese female fighter signed by UFC.
Her next fight came on June 23, 2018, at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards against Nadia Kassem; however she was replaced by Viviane Pereira due to injury. She won the fight via unanimous decision.
Yan was expected to face Felice Herrig on June 8, 2019, at UFC 238. However, on April 30, 2019, it was reported that Herrig suffered from a torn ACL and withdrew from the event. Herrig was replaced by Angela Hill. Yan won the fight by unanimous decision.
Yan was scheduled to face Ashley Yoder on October 26, 2019, at UFC on ESPN+ 20. However, Yan pulled out of the fight in late-September citing a foot injury. She was replaced by Randa Markos.
Yan was scheduled to face Cláudia Gadelha on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253, but a knee injury sustained by Gadelha ruled her out of the bout. The pair was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira on November 7, 2020, instead. As opposed to her last camp where Yan was forced to move around three times, Yan says that the pandemic situation in China is completely under control and the fight camp for Gadelha was normal. She won the fight by unanimous decision.
Yan faced former UFC Women's Strawweight champion Carla Esparza on May 22, 2021, at UFC Fight Night 188. For her camp with Esparza, Yan has spent her camp splitting time between the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai and Las Vegas. She lost the bout via TKO after being dominated on the ground throughout the bout.
As the first bout of her new six-fight contract, Yan faced former UFC Women's Strawweight champion Jéssica Andrade on May 6, 2023, at UFC 288. She won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|21 matches||17 wins||3 losses|
|Win||17–3 (1)||Jéssica Andrade||KO (punches)||UFC 288||May 6, 2023||1||2:20||Newark, New Jersey, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||16–3 (1)||Mackenzie Dern||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan||October 1, 2022||5||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–3 (1)||Marina Rodriguez||Decision (split)||UFC 272||March 5, 2022||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–2 (1)||Carla Esparza||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt||May 22, 2021||2||2:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–1 (1)||Cláudia Gadelha||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira||November 7, 2020||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–1 (1)||Karolina Kowalkiewicz||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker||February 23, 2020||3||5:00||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Win||13–1 (1)||Angela Hill||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 238||June 8, 2019||3||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||12–1 (1)||Syuri Kondo||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2||November 24, 2018||3||5:00||Beijing, China|
|Win||11–1 (1)||Viviane Pereira||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Edwards||June 23, 2018||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||10–1 (1)||Kailin Curran||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum||November 25, 2017||3||5:00||Shanghai, China|
|NC||9–1 (1)||Emi Fujino||NC (cut caused by accidental clash of heads)||Road FC 34||November 19, 2016||1||2:48||Shijiazhuang, China||A cut caused by an inadvertent clash of heads rendered Fujino unable to continue.|
|Win||9–1||Lim Seo-hee||TKO (side kick and punch)||Road FC 30||April 16, 2016||1||3:28||Beijing, China|
|Win||8–1||Omnia Gamal||TKO (punches)||IWFC Beat365: Changbai Mountain Hero List||January 31, 2016||1||0:23||Jilin, China|
|Win||7–1||Nam Ye-hyun||Decision (unanimous)||Road FC 27||December 26, 2015||2||5:00||Shanghai, China|
|Win||6–1||Bayarmaa Munkhgerel||KO (punch)||WKF: Zhong Wu Fight Night||October 30, 2015||1||2:34||Beijing, China|
|Win||5–1||Dolores Meek||TKO (punches)||URCC 26||July 15, 2015||1||3:25||Pampang, Philippines|
|Win||4–1||Xiaoying Wang||TKO (punches)||Xian Sports University: Ultimate Wrestle||October 30, 2010||2||0:29||Guangzhou, China|
|Loss||3–1||Karina Hallinan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Martial Combat 10||September 16, 2010||1||3:29||Sentosa, Singapore||Flyweight bout.|
|Win||3–0||Gina Iniong||Decision (unanimous)||Martial Combat 6||July 15, 2010||3||5:00||Sentosa, Singapore||Strawweight debut.|
|Win||2–0||Jin Tang||TKO (stomps and punches)||Xian Sports University: Ultimate Wrestle||November 21, 2009||1||0:29||Guangzhou, China||Flyweight debut.|
|Win||1–0||Unknown Fighter||TKO (punches)||Xian Sports University: Ultimate Wrestle||November 8, 2008||1||N/A||Guangzhou, China||Catchweight (119 lb) bout.|
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