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Shane Young (born July 7, 1993) is a New Zealander mixed martial artist (MMA) who currently competes in the Featherweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Young is affiliated with the Maori tribe Ngāti Kahungunu.

Shane Young
Born (1993-07-31) 31 July 1993 (age 26)
Napier, New Zealand
Other namesSugar
NationalityNew Zealander
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
DivisionFeatherweight
Fighting out ofAuckland, New Zealand
TeamCity Kickboxing
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total17
Wins13
By knockout6
By submission4
By decision3
Losses4
By decision4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

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BackgroundEdit

Young was born in Napier, New Zealand,[1] He trains at Auckland's City Kickboxing gym where he is the teammate of UFC fighter Israel Adesanya, Dan Hooker [2] and Kai Kara-France.[3] Young is of half European and half Māori descent[4] and he uses fighting as the platform to inspire New Zealand mixed-blood Māori to accept their Māori roots and to be sporting stars.[5]

I wanted to see sporting stars ... especially half-cast people, people of European and Māori decent – the colonised and the coloniser. I wanted them to try and inspire Māori people. So many people especially at my age feel very whakamā, feel very shy to let people know that they're Māori because of the stigma attached to it.[6]

I feel like Māori is magical and people need to see that magic. I want to do it for my community and where I'm from. I want to be an inspiration to them. It also helps me and gives me mana. My ancestors were warriors, fighting to the death in battle. I'll talk about it and I'll say Māori words, and it gives me goosebumps. You can't fake that stuff, it gives you power.[7]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Young started his professional MMA career in 2012 and amassed a record of 11-3 before being signed by the UFC.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Young made his UFC debut on November 18, 2017 against Alexander Volkanovski replacing Humberto Bandenay on a seven-day notice at UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura.[9] The bout proceeded at a catchweight of 150 pounds.[10] Young lost the fight via unanimous decision.[11]

Young was scheduled to face Rolando Dy on June 23, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards.[12] He won the fight via technical knockout in round two.[13] This win earned him the Fight of the Night award.[14]

Young contemplated stepping away from fighting after his bout with Dy for the remainder of 2018 to tackle his depression after achieving the success and the fame at UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards of earning $50,000, where prior to the bout he had to borrow $40 to get to the airport for his flight to Singapore for the fight, and his mental health issues surrounding the break-up of his marriage[15] where he spent most of the time with his family while seeking to reconnect with his Māori culture, which helped him to return to a healthy state of mind.[16][17]

We all know there's this magic in being Māori, being in the community and being able work with each other. What got me out of it was returning to my roots, my Māoritanga. We get caught up too much in the modern-day everything - I should have this because I should be rich and I should be all these things. But I was like, what I should be is what I am, a young Māori man in Aotearoa, where you have that appreciation for the land."[18]

Young returned to fighting and he faced Austin Arnett on February 10, 2019 at UFC 234.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[20]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial artsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Young was a builder and foreman prior to competing in MMA professionally.[22]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
18 matches 14 wins 4 losses
By knockout 8 0
By submission 4 0
By decision 2 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 13–4 Austin Arnett Decision (unanimous) UFC 234 February 10, 2019 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Win 12–4 Rolando Dy TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 2 4:40 Kallang, Singapore Fight of the Night
Loss 11–4 Alexander Volkanovski Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Tybura November 18, 2017 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 11–3 Bo Yan Submission (choke) WLF: W.A.R.S. 13 April 22, 2017 1 N/A Zhengzhou, China
Win 10–3 Zexian Jiang Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) Glory of Heroes: Rise of Heroes 7 February 18, 2017 1 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 9–3 Siitia Leti Decision Brace 43 October 1, 2016 1 0:36 Canterbury, New Zealand
Win 8–3 Zhenhong Lu TKO (punches) Elevation Power in Cage 4 May 28, 2014 1 3:29 Zhengzhou, China
Win 7–3 Rodolfo Marques Decision (split) Minotaur 3 June 1, 2014 3 5:00 Parkville, Australia
Loss 6–3 Guan Wang Decision (unanimous) Wu Lin Feng 2015: New Zealand vs. China September 19, 2015 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 6–2 Liucai Cui Submission (rear-naked choke) The Legend Of Emei 3 August 8, 2015 1 2:34 Shahe, China
Win 5–2 Julian Wallace KO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Championship 24 May 23, 2015 1 1:16 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 4–2 Damien Brown Decision (majority) Xtreme Fighting Championship 23 February 28, 2015 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 4–1 Adrian Rodriguez TKO (head kick and punches) Xtreme Fighting Championship 22 November 24, 2014 3 3:32 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 3–1 Adrian Rodriguez Decision (majority) Xtreme Fighting Championship 20 February 15, 2014 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Win 3–0 Hayden Watt Decision (majority) Shuriken MMA: Rise November 23, 2013 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 2–0 Jiraya Fernandes TKO (punches) Jiraya Fernandes June 23, 2013 1 4:50 Wellington, New Zealand
Win 1–0 Ray Karaitiana TKO (punches) ICNZ 18 September 22, 2012 1 N/A Auckland, New Zealand

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Shane Young goes back to his Māori roots to get back on track ahead of UFC 234". Stuff. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ "MMA: Kiwi fighter Shane Young signs on for second UFC fight". Newshub. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ "'It's not a distraction' - Kiwi fighter Shane Young on being teammates with UFC star Israel Adesanya". TVNZ. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Shane Young (@ShaneYoungMMA) | Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  5. ^ NZME @joelkula, Joel Kulasingham Joel Kulasingham is a sports reporter for (22 June 2018). "MMA: Kiwi UFC fighter Shane Young flying the flag for Māori". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  6. ^ NZME @joelkula, Joel Kulasingham Joel Kulasingham is a sports reporter for (22 June 2018). "MMA: Kiwi UFC fighter Shane Young flying the flag for Māori". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  7. ^ "UFC: Kiwi featherweight Shane Young bringing Māori culture to the world in Singapore". Newshub. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  8. ^ Sherdog.com. "Shane". Sherdog. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  9. ^ DNA, MMA. "Shane Young maakt short notice debuut tegen Alexander Volkanovski tijdens UFC Sydney". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  10. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 official weigh-in results: Headliner set, but four fighters heavy". MMAjunkie. 18 November 2017. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 121 results: Alex Volkanovski dominates short-notice opponent Shane Young". MMAjunkie. 19 November 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young completes 12-bout lineup at UFC Singapore". MMAjunkie. 11 June 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Shane Young wears down Rolando Dy before brutal elbow ender". MMAjunkie. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  14. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 bonuses: Ovince Saint Preux among $50,000 winners for slick armbar". MMAjunkie. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  15. ^ "How octagon success led to depression for UFC 234's Shane Young". MMAjunkie. 8 February 2019. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  16. ^ NZME, Christopher Reive Christopher Reive is a sports reporter for (29 December 2018). "UFC: Shane Young to return from mental health break against Austin Arnett at UFC 234". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  17. ^ "UFC fighter Young to tap out due to personal issues". Māori Television. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  18. ^ "Shane Young goes back to his Māori roots to get back on track ahead of UFC 234". Stuff. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  19. ^ NZME, Christopher Reive Christopher Reive is a sports reporter for (29 December 2018). "UFC: Shane Young to return from mental health break against Austin Arnett at UFC 234". NZ Herald. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  20. ^ "UFC 234: Shane Young's steady pressure leads to decision over Austin Arnett". MMAjunkie. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 bonuses: Ovince Saint Preux among $50,000 winners for slick armbar". MMAjunkie. 23 June 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Shane Young". UFC. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  23. ^ Sherdog.com. "Shane". Sherdog. Retrieved 8 February 2019.

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