Yan Xiaonan

Yan Xiaonan (born June 16, 1989), is a Chinese mixed martial artist (MMA). She is the first Chinese female fighter signed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)[6] and currently competes in the Strawweight division in the UFC. As of May 24, 2021, she is #4 in the UFC women's strawweight rankings and as of June 14, 2021 she is #14 in UFC women's pound-for-pound rankings.[7]

Yan Xiaonan
Born (1989-06-16) June 16, 1989 (age 32)
Shenyang, Liaoning, China[1]
Other namesFury[2]
Height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
Reach63 in (160 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofBeijing, China
TeamChina Top Team[2]
Extreme Sanda[4]
Teacher(s)Sanda: Zhao Xuejun[5]
BJJ: Ruy Menezes[5]
Years active2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By decision8
By knockout1
By submission1
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Yan's background is in Sanda.[8] Yan attended Xi'an Sports University and was introduced to an MMA program by her coach Zhao Xuejun in 2009.[5] At the Xi'an Sports University, Yan continued her practice in Sanda. It wasn't until after that in 2015 that Yan switched over to MMA in 2015.[9]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Yan began training martial arts at the age of 13.[10] She started her professional MMA career in 2009 and she has fought in various promotions, most notably Road Fighting Championship.[11] She amassed a record of 7-1 (NC), before signing with the UFC.[4]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Yan was the first Chinese female fighter signed by UFC.[5]

Yan made her UFC debut on November 25, 2017 against Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum.[12] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[13]

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.[14][15] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[16]

Yan faced Syuri Kondo on November 24, 2018 at UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2.[17] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[18]

Yan was expected to face Felice Herrig on June 8, 2019 at UFC 238.[19] However, on April 30, 2019 it was reported that Herrig suffered from a torn ACL and pull from the event. [20] Herrig was replaced by Angela Hill.[21] Yan won the fight by unanimous decision.[22]

Yan was scheduled to face Ashley Yoder on October 26, 2019 at UFC on ESPN+ 20.[23] However, Yan pulled out of the fight in late-September citing a foot injury.[24] She was replaced by Randa Markos.[25]

Yan faced Karolina Kowalkiewicz on February 22, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 168.[26] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[27]

Yan talked of difficulty leading up to the Kowalkiewicz fight due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in China. She and her team moved her camp to Thailand to train for the fight. [28]

Yan was scheduled to face Cláudia Gadelha on September 27, 2020 at UFC 253,[29]but a knee injury sustained by Gadelha ruled her out of the bout.[30] The pair was rescheduled to UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira on November 7, 2020 instead.[31] 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.[32] She won the fight by unanimous decision.[33]

Yan faced Carla Esparza on May 22, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 188.[34] For her camp with Esparza, Yan has spent her camp splitting time between the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai and Las Vegas.[35] She lost the bout via TKO after being dominated on the ground throughout the bout.[36]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
16 matches 13 wins 2 losses
By knockout 5 1
By submission 0 1
By decision 8 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–2 (1) Carla Esparza TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt May 22, 2021 2 2:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–1 (1) Cláudia Gadelha Decision (unanimous) UFC on ESPN: Santos vs. Teixeira November 7, 2020 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–1 (1) Karolina Kowalkiewicz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Felder vs. Hooker February 23, 2020 3 5:00 Auckland, New Zealand
Win 11–1 (1) Angela Hill Decision (unanimous) UFC 238 June 8, 2019 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 10–1 (1) Syuri Kondo Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Ngannou 2 November 24, 2018 3 5:00 Beijing, China
Win 9–1 (1) Viviane Pereira Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Edwards June 23, 2018 3 5:00 Kallang, Singapore
Win 8–1 (1) Kailin Curran Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Gastelum November 25, 2017 3 5:00 Shanghai, China
NC 7–1 (1) Emi Fujino NC (cut caused by accident headbutt) Road Fighting Championship 34 November 19, 2016 1 2:48 Shijiazhuang, China A cut caused by an inadvertent clash of heads rendered Fujino unable to continue.
Win 7–1 Seo Hee Lim TKO (side kick and punch) Road Fighting Championship 30 April 16, 2016 1 3:28 Beijing, China
Win 6–1 Ye Hyun Nam Decision (unanimous) Road Fighting Championship 27 December 26, 2015 2 5:00 Shanghai, China
Win 5–1 Bayarmaa Munkhgerel KO (punch) WKF: Zhong Wu Fight Night October 30, 2015 1 N/A Beijing, China
Win 4–1 Dolores Meek TKO (punches) URCC 26 July 15, 2015 1 3:25 Pampang, Philippines
Win 3–1 Xiaoying Wang TKO (punches) Xian Sports University: Ultimate Wrestle October 30, 2010 2 0:29 Guangzhou, China
Loss 2–1 Karina Hallinan Submission (rear-naked choke) Martial Combat 10 September 16, 2010 1 3:29 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 2–0 Gina Iniong Decision (unanimous) Martial Combat 6 July 15, 2010 3 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 1–0 Jin Tang TKO (stomps and punches) Xian Sports University: Ultimate Wrestle November 21, 2009 1 0:29 Guangzhou, China


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Yan Xiaonan | UFC". ufc.com. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  2. ^ a b c Sherdog.com. "Xiaonan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  3. ^ "Xiaonan Yan ("Nine") | MMA Fighter Page | Tapology". Tapology. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to the UFC: Yan Xiaonan, ROAD FC Strawweight Star - MMA Today". MMA Today. 2017-09-05. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  5. ^ a b c d "Yan Xiaonan has new calm confidence at UFC Singapore - Asia MMA". Asia MMA. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  6. ^ "Yan Xiaonan Becomes First Chinese Female Fighter Signed By The UFC | Fightful MMA". www.fightful.com. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  7. ^ "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2020-06-15.
  8. ^ Blaine Henry (May 7, 2021). "Xiaonan Yan: A Step Towards The Title". Fight-Library.com.
  9. ^ Blaine Henry (May 7, 2021). "Xiaonan Yan: A Step Towards The Title". Fight-Library.com.
  10. ^ Blaine Henry (February 28, 2020). "Xioanan Yan: China's MMA Surge". Fight-Library.com.
  11. ^ "UFC signs first female Chinese fighter, Yan Xiaonan". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  12. ^ "Kailin Curran-Yan Xiaonan, Gina Mazany-Yanan Wu added to UFC Fight Night 122 in China". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-27. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  13. ^ "UFC Fight Night 122 results: Yan Xiaonan's striking on point in win over Kailin Curran". MMAjunkie. 2017-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  14. ^ "Viviane Sucuri substitui Nadia Kassem e encara Yan Xiaonan no UFC Cingapura". Sportv (in Portuguese). Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  15. ^ DNA, MMA (17 May 2018). "Viviane Pereira pakt short notice partij tegen Yan Xiaonan tijdens UFC Singapore". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  16. ^ "UFC Fight Night 132 results: Yan Xiaonan outworks Viviane Pereira for unanimous-decision win". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-23. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  17. ^ DNA, MMA (25 August 2018). "Aziatisch onderonsje tussen Yan Xiaonan en Syuri Kondo tijdens UFC Beijing". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  18. ^ "UFC Fight Night 141 play-by-play and live results". MMAjunkie. 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  19. ^ Marcel Dorff (2019-03-25). "Felice Herrig vs. Yan Xiaonan is the fourth women's fight for UFC 238 in Chicago" (in Dutch). mmadnanl.com. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  20. ^ Adam Guillen (2019-04-30). "Felice Herrig forced to withdraw from UFC 238 with a torn ACL". mmamania.com. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  21. ^ "UFC 238: Angela Hill steps in for Felice Herrig vs. Xiaonan Yan". MMA Junkie. 2019-05-01. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
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  23. ^ DNA, MMA (9 September 2019). "Strawweights Yan Xiaonan en Ashley Yoder vechten tijdens UFC Singapore". Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  24. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2019-09-25). "Yan Xiaonan out of UFC Singapore bout with Ashley Yoder". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2019-09-25.
  25. ^ Nolan King and Farah Hannoun (2019-09-26). "With Yan Xiaonan out, Randa Markos steps in to fight Ashley Yoder at UFC on ESPN+ 20". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-09-26.
  26. ^ Martyna Celuch (2019-12-04). "Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Yan Xiaonan at UFC Auckland". inthecage.pl. Retrieved 2019-12-04. {pl}}
  27. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-02-22). "UFC Auckland Results: Yan Xiaonan Dominates Karolina Kowalkiewicz". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-02-23.
  28. ^ Blaine Henry (February 28, 2020). "Xioanan Yan: China's MMA Surge". Fight-Library.com.
  29. ^ Guilherme Cruz (July 6, 2020). "Claudia Gadelha returns vs. Yan Xiaonan at Sept. 26 UFC event". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  30. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2020-09-01). "Knee injury forces Claudia Gadelha out of UFC 253 fight with Yan Xiaonan". MMAfighting. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  31. ^ Bissell, Tim (2020-09-05). "Report: Claudia Gadelha vs. Yan Xiaonan being moved to Nov 7 UFC event". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2020-09-07.
  32. ^ Blaine Henry (October 28, 2020). "Xiaonan Yan: Brand New Version". Fight-Library.com.
  33. ^ Vreeland, Daniel (2020-11-07). "UFC Vegas 13 Results: Yan Xiaonan Jabs Away, Wins Decision Over Claudia Gadelha". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-11-08.
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  35. ^ Blaine Henry (May 7, 2021). "Xiaonan Yan: A Step Towards The Title". Fight-Library.com.
  36. ^ Doherty, Dan (2021-05-22). "UFC Vegas 27 Results: Carla Esparza Mauls Yan Xiaonan, Gets Stoppage". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2021-05-23.

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