World News – GB – UFC results on ESPN 40: Yan Xiaonan beats Claudia Gadelha for 11th consecutive victory


Weili holds the belt, but Beijing’s Yan Xiaonan emerged as a serious 115-pound contender on Saturday night with her biggest win to date

Xiaonan (12-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) rallied in the final two rounds to secure a unanimous decision over former title challenger Claudia Gadelha in the UFC opener on ESPN 40 Judges scores at UFC Apex in Las Vegas were 29-28 in all areas

The victory gave Xiaonan his 11th consecutive victory overall and his sixth in the UFC, which is the longest active streak in his division

Gadelha (18-5 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has always been known to push a fast pace, and it was no different on Saturday Gadelha controlled the tempo in the opening stanza with a pair of takedowns and got the best end of the standing melee work After the second strikeout in the last minute of the round, Xiaonan visibly touched strong elbows from the bottom And while that wasn’t enough to swing the round, it showed she wasn’t leaving

Indeed, the second round was much more appreciated by Xiaonan.She outscored her opponent by a margin of 2 to 1, landing sharp jabs and responding to Gadelha’s single shots with counter-bursts as the latter started to weaken

It was clear that the fight was still on the line as the final round wore on, and that it would be a matter of who wanted it most Gadelha did her best to tie Xiaonon to the clinch. when she could, but never did much with Referee Jason Herzog ordered a restart in the last minute, and Xiaonan was the far more active fighter as the seconds ticked by, pulling jab after jab in what could have been the decisive sequence of the fight

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