In August of 2019, Weili Zhang made heritage by starting to be the initial Chinese winner in UFC background. Now just around one particular calendar year afterwards, we’re hunting at the pretty authentic probability of a further Chinese fighter demanding her for that belt in the around long term.
Yan Xiaonan took one more phase ahead in the direction of building that occur on Saturday night time at UFC Vegas 13, beating Claudia Gadhela on the judges’ scorecards and extending her UFC earn streak to 6, the longest in the women’s strawweight division. While it at the moment appears to be like like the UFC is trying to established up a bout involving Zhang and Rose Namajunas, there’s no question that Yan sits appropriate behind “Thug Rose” in line for a shot at the champ.
Main up to the battle towards Gadhela, Xiaonan created it apparent she was wanting forward to tough Zhang.
“That is the way I want to go in, she told the South China Early morning Put up. “Of study course we know every other, though we are not close friends. We are in diverse gyms but I have viewed her like all people else. I imagine I am faster than her so I can beat her. I consider about this a large amount, about how to conquer her. Due to the fact we are each Chinese I consider I know how to combat her better than everyone else, and I know how to defeat her.”
Immediately after the get she gave an update on how close she felt she was to the title.
“I think I’m a single shot away from getting a title shot from Dana White,” she said through a translator at the UFC Vegas 13 article-battle push conference. “Everybody’s seen my whole grappling strategies. I’m having superior … If it’s heading to be a championship struggle it’s going to present the total planet how potent Chinese gals definitely are.”
UFC president Dana White sounded scorching on “Fury” as well, and what it would suggest for Chinese MMA.
“[Two Chinese fighters competing for a title] is outrageous, and so rapidly, far too,” White said. “She definitely defeat a very challenging vet in Claudia tonight, and we’ll see what is upcoming for her.”
Of program, there’s a large amount of things that would have to go appropriate for Zhang vs. Xiaonan to happen. Zhang would have to beat Rose Namajunas, should that fight come alongside one another as planned. It appears like Xiaonan is eager to put her stamp on #1 contender by putting a stamp on yet another strawweight, and who is aware how that would go.
Then there’s the timing with Coronavirus. You far better feel the UFC is going to want a China vs. China title bout to go down in China. How probable is that during the recent circumstance? How achievable will that be in, say, 6 to nine months after both equally fighters have competed and are prepared to convert all over? It’s a difficult factor to approach for specified all the unknowns.
But a person point is for confident: the achievement of Zhang and Xiaonan can only indicate excellent factors for the reputation of mixed martial arts and the UFC in China. A combat involving the two could be a Griffin vs. Bonnar second for Asia.