UFC Fight Night Results Highlights: Yan Xiaonan Earns Majority Decision Victory Over Mackenzie Dern

The main event of Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night between strawweight wives Yan Xiaonan and Mackenzie Dern was an old-school striker versus grappler bout. At a critical moment in her career, forward Xiaonan managed to secure a narrow majority decision for her biggest win yet.

Xiaonan did well in the first round, landing leg kicks and using moves to jab Dern with a variety of punches. She was also able to avoid takedowns throughout the round, including countering an attempt by Dern to take the fight to the mat, and landed a couple of punches from top position.

Dern, initially confident of switching on his feet, began laying traps on the floor in the second round. After Xiaonan intercepted a Dern Kick that sent Dern to the canvas, the Jiu-Jitsu Specialist slid forward on her back and tangled Xiaonan’s legs to force an attack to the ground.

Dern locked in an omoplata before switching to an arm triangle and advancing to a mount, threatening more attempts at submission to remind Xiaonan of her dominance on the ground.

Xiaonan quickly learned Dern’s tricks, avoiding grappling hazards while continuing to brutalize Dern’s leading leg with heavy kicks. As Dern became visibly frustrated, Xiaonan relied on her movement and strength to deflect punches without getting involved in dangerous altercations on the ground.

Dern was able to dominate the fifth round after scoring a takedown and spending almost half of the round on Xiaonan’s back. Xiaonan managed to fend off all submission attempts, including a late armbar. Xiaonan’s ability to survive the dangerous end of the fight proved sufficient as she made it to the final bell and clinched the win via majority decision 48-47, 48-47, and 47-47.

“I know their jiu-jitsu is amazing,” Xiaonan said through an interpreter after the fight. “She has a black belt and I have a white belt. So I know what to expect in this fight, but I’ve been training so hard. Four times, five times in this camp. So I knew I could do it. “

The win was crucial for Xiaonan, who entered the fight after losing her two previous bouts. Before losing to Carla Esparza by TKO and Marina Rodriguez by close decision, Xiaonan had won 12 straight fights without a non-contest fight.

Dern has now lost two of her last three fights, having dropped a unanimous decision to Rodriguez in October 2021 before beating Tecia Torres by split decision in April.

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