Yan Xiao Nan signs with UFC as first Chinese female fighter

As the UFC’s groundbreaking event in Shanghai takes shape, the promotion adds some spice to the card as it signs its first Chinese female fighter.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has added another local talent to its first ever card to Mainland China, signing its first ever female fighter from the Big Red, Yan Xiao Nan.

A product of the Extreme Sanda camp, the 28-year-old has plied her trade mostly in the East-Asian circuit, fighting recently under ROAD Fighting Championship.

“Fury” holds notable wins over Jin Tang and Philippines’ Gina Iniong and fought Japanese WMMA standout Emi Fujino to a draw last November 2016. She’s also fought once in the Philippines, stopping Dolores Meek at URCC 26 in Angeles, Pampanga.

Yan is expected to fight on the Shanghai card along with the nation’s homegrown talents Li Jingliang and Wang Guan. The undefeated Wang, like Yan, is expected to make his Octagon debut after pulling out from June 2017’s UFC Singapore card due to injury.

Middleweights Anderson Silva and Kelvin Gastelum will headline the card happening this November 25 at the Mercedez Benz Arena in downtown Shanghai.

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