Coming off a two-fight win streak over Angela Hill and Randa Markos, former UFC strawweight title contender Claudia Gadelha meets rising star Yan Xiaonan at 115-pounds. The UFC Vegas 13 fight was broadcast on ESPN+.
Xiaonan, fighting out of China, has not lost a mixed martial arts contest in more than 10 years, September 2010 to be exact.
Here’s how the fight went down.
In the first round, the first minute was contested on the feet until Gadelha rocked Xiaonan with a shot, backed her up, and then used double under hooks to an inside trip to get the fight to the canvas. Gadelha worked from the top, only for the two women to stand back up against the cage and Gadelha going to work from the clinch. They break, and Gadelha gets another takedown in the form of a single here. The round ends with Gadelha throwing down strikes from the top.
MyMMANews scores it 10-9 Gadelha
Round 2: The jab was the key here in the second frame. Xiaonan came out with a different approach and was able to pick Gadelha apart on the feet to easily earn herself a round on the scorecards.
MyMMANews scores is 10-9 Xiaonan
Round 3: With the fight being anyone’s guess, Gadelha presses Xiaonan up against the cage early on to work the pressure. Both women are each finding success as the control is maneuvered back and forth between both. Gadelha may have a bit more clinch control but bruises on her face not winning the battle. Let’s see how the judges’ score it.
Yan Xiaonan picks up a unanimous decision win (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)