Wu Yanan (fighter)

Wu Yanan (born April 18, 1996) is a Chinese mixed martial artist is a Bantamweight division. A professional competitor since 2013, she formerly competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Chinese Kung Fu Championships, and WLF W.A.R.S.

Wu Yanan
Born (1996-04-18) April 18, 1996 (age 26)
Chaoyang, Liaoning, China
Other namesMulan
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8 st 13 lb)
DivisionBantamweight (2013–2017)
Flyweight (2017–present)
Reach66 in (168 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofLiaoning, China
TrainerZhao Xuejun[3]
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[4]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission5
By decision2
By knockout2
By decision4
UniversityXi'an Physical Education University[5]
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Wu began training Sanda in middle school, eventually competing in the national level in the discipline.[2][6] She graduated from Xi'an Physical Education University, where she majored in Sanda under the tuterlage of Zhao Xuejun.[2][5][3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Wu made her pro debut in 2013 under the banner of Fighting China, facing fellow debutante Joo Young Lee. Yanan won the bout by a first round TKO.[7]

Wu's first appearance with the Chinese Kung Fu Championships came almost a year after her first fight, at CKF 9/21. She faced Bo Meng who was coming off of a win against Zhang Weili. Yanan won the fight by a unanimous decision.[8] Six months later she faced Yang Liu, who was making her pro debut. Yanan won through a first round TKO.[9] Wu's next fight was a rematch against Bo Meng at CKF 7/7, which Wu won by a split decision.[10] At CKF 4: Day 1 Yanan faced another debutante in Jinghuan Zhu, which she won by a first round submission. It was her first and only fight at featherweight[11] At WLF E.P.I.C. 5 Wu fought against Bayarmaa Munkhgerel, who hadn't yet won a pro fight, and won through a second round TKO.[12] She returned to CKF to face Saeedeh Fardsanei who was making her debut, and won by a first round TKO.[13]

Leaving the Chinese Kung Fu Championships, Wu fought against the 8-2 Yana Kunitskaya under the banner of Fightspirit Championship at Fightspirit Championship 6. She suffered the first professional loss of her career, with Kunitskaya stopping her by way of TKO, after only 32 seconds of the second round.[14] Fighting at Kunlun Fight MMA 7, Yanan faced the 0-3 Anjela Pink winning in the first round through a TKO.[15] At WLF W.A.R.S. 12 Wu faced the debuting Zuriana Makoeva, stopping her through a TKO in the fourth minute of the second round.[16]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Wu made her UFC debut on November 25, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 122 against Gina Mazany.[17] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Wu faced Lauren Mueller on November 24, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 141.[19] She won the fight via first round armbar.[20]

Wu was scheduled to fight Luana Carolina on May 11, 2019, at UFC 237, but was forced to pull out due to an injury.[21] The fight was rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 157 on August 31, 2019, however Carolina pulled out of the fight due to a fractured spine.[22] Wu instead faced former DEEP Jewels champion Mizuki Inoue.[23] At the weigh-ins, Wu weighed in at 129 pounds, three pounds over the flyweight non-title fight limit, and forfeited 30% of her purse to Inoue.[24] Wu lost the fight via split decision.[25]

Wu was scheduled to face Bethe Correia on December 5, 2020, at UFC on ESPN 19[26] However, due to visa issues, they were rescheduled for UFC on ABC 1 on January 16, 2021.[27] In early January 2021, it was reported that Corria was forced to withdraw from the bout due to undergoing surgery to remove her appendix. [28] On January 7, it was announced that Wu would face UFC newcomer Joselyne Edwards.[29] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[30]

Wu was scheduled to face Nicco Montaño on July 31, 2021, at UFC on ESPN 28.[31] However, the fight was canceled after Montaño missed weight by seven pounds at the weigh-ins.[32]

Wu was scheduled to face Josiane Nunes on February 26, 2022, at UFC Fight Night 202.[33] However, Wu was pulled from the bout for undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jennifer Gonzalez.[34]

Wu faced Mayra Bueno Silva on April 16, 2022, at UFC on ESPN 34.[35] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[36] This fight earned her the Fight of the Night award.[37]

Wu faced returning veteran Lucie Pudilová on August 20, 2022, at UFC 278.[38] She lost the bout via TKO stoppage in the second round due to elbows on the ground.[39]

In August 2022, it was announced that Wu was no longer on the UFC roster.[40]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
19 matches 13 wins 6 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 5 0
By decision 2 4
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–6 Lucie Pudilová TKO (elbows) UFC 278 August 20, 2022 2 4:04 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 13–5 Mayra Bueno Silva Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Luque vs. Muhammad 2 April 16, 2022 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 13–4 Joselyne Edwards Decision (unanimous) UFC on ABC: Holloway vs. Kattar January 16, 2021 3 5:00 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Return to Bantamweight.
Loss 13–3 Mizuki Inoue Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Andrade vs. Zhang August 31, 2019 3 5:00 Shenzhen, China Catchweight (129 lb) bout; Yanan missed weight.
Win 13–2 Lauren Mueller Submission (armbar) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 1 4:00 Beijing, China Flyweight debut.
Loss 12–2 Gina Mazany Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
Win 12–1 Zuriana Makoeva TKO (punches) WLF W.A.R.S. 12 March 11, 2017 2 3:19 Zhengzhou, China
Win 11–1 Margarita Naschyokina Submission (armbar) Chin Woo Men: 2016-2017 Season, Stage 4 December 22, 2016 1 0:33 Hefei, China
Win 10–1 Alena Kuchynskaya TKO (punches) Chin Woo Men: 2016-2017 Season, Stage 1 December 22, 2016 2 2:13 Beijing, China
Win 9–1 Anjela Pink TKO (punches) Kunlun Fight MMA 7 December 25, 2016 1 1:17 Beijing, China
Loss 8–1 Yana Kunitskaya TKO (punches) Fightspirit Championship 6 September 4, 2016 2 0:32 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Win 8–0 Saeedeh Fardsanei TKO (submission to punches) Chinese Kung Fu Championships: Sunkin August 13, 2016 1 1:22 Qingdao, China
Win 7–0 Bayarmaa Munkhgerel Technical Submission (armbar) WLF E.P.I.C.: Elevation Power in Cage 5 June 29, 2016 2 3:43 Zhengzhou, China
Win 6–0 Kristina Derecha Submission (armbar) CKF: China vs. Russia January 30, 2016 1 3:41 Beijing, China
Win 5–0 Jinghuan Zhu Submission (armbar) CKFC 4 December 19, 2015 1 1:22 Qingyang, China Featherweight bout.
Win 4–0 Yang Liu TKO (submission to punches) CKFC 3/13 March 13, 2015 1 0:48 Qingyang, China
Win 3–0 Debbie Tucker Decision (unanimous) Fight King Gold Belt Contest November 16, 2014 2 5:00 Xi'an, China Bantamweight debut.
Win 2–0 Meng Bo Decision (unanimous) CKFC 9/21 September 21, 2014 5 3:00 Qingyang, China Catchweight (132 lb) bout.
Win 1–0 Young Joon Lee TKO (punches) Fighting China November 16, 2013 1 N/A Qingyang, China Catchweight (139 lb) bout.


See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ a b "Mulan Wu Yanan: Looking forward to a shining self".
  4. ^ @MMAjunkie (November 24, 2018). "It was a huge night for Wu Yanan, who submitted Lauren Mueller and also earned her BJJ blue belt" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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