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MMA Preview: UFC 300 – Zhang Weili (24-3-0) vs. Yan Xiaonan (17-3-1)

Zhang Weili vs. Yan Xiaonan is the co-main event of UFC 300, which will take place at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, April 13, 2024. The Weili vs. Xiaonan is the fight for the Women’s Strawweight title, which is currently in possession of Weili.

Six of Zhang Weili’s seven previous fights were fights for the title. The UFC 300 is also a championship fight, in which she’ll try to defend her UFC Women’s Strawweight title against fellow Chinese fighter Yan Xiaonan. 

Zhang Weili (24-3-0) vs. Yan Xiaonan (17-3-1) Odds

Zhang Weili        – 500

Yan Xiaonan       + 375

Odds are courtesy of Sports Odds Direct on Thursday, April 11, 2024

When, Where, and How to Watch?

Place: T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024

Time: ~10:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: PPV

Zhang Weili is one of the best fighters in the history of the women’s flyweight division. The evidence of this is that she’s 24-3 overall. One of those three losses happened on her professional debut when she lost by unanimous decision.

The other two losses happened in title fights against Rose Namajunas in 2021. Since then, she’s 3-0, with wins over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Carla Esparza, and Amanda Lemos. The last two were fights for the title.

If she defends her title against Yan Xiaonan, we might see her get a chance to settle the score with Rose Namajunas, which is an additional motivation for her to give her utmost in the UFC 300 co-main event.

Yan Xiaonan is 17-3-1, which is a pretty impressive record. However, the reason why she got to fight for the title is that she was fantastic in her most recent fight.

What we’re talking about is the fight with Jessica Andrade last year, in which Yan KO-ed her opponent in the first round, winning the Performance of the Night bonus for this.

Striking is her strongest weapon, which is no surprise given that she’s got a background in Sanda, which is a sort of Chinse version of kickboxing.

She also has decent grappling and wrestling skills, which she primarily uses for defense. The evidence of this is that she only lost one fight by submission, back in 2010. She’s also without a single win by this method in her entire career.

Yan Xiaonan is one of the best strikers in women’s MMA, but we’re not sure if she’s better than Zhang Weili. The reigning champ hits hard and is hard as nails. She also has plenty of other weapons in her arsenal, so we might see her find a way to take the fight to the ground and finish her opponent either by ground-and-pound or a submission.

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