UFC Fight Night: Dern Vs Yan
Usually the UFC sells a limited number of VIP tickets for events at the UFC Apex, but it was announced at the beginning of fight week that this event would be closed to the public and media. Media Day and the weigh-ins were available for media, but fight night was off-limits. Though no reason for those measures was revealed, it was rumored that co-founder of Facebook and its parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook, Inc.) Mark Zuckerberg booked the arena for a private event, something that UFC president Dana White vehemently denied. Despite the denial, Zuckerberg and his wife were the only fans spotted at the Apex during the broadcast.
UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Yan
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The main event of UFC Vegas 61 featured a five-round strawweight bout between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan. The fight lasted the entire 25 minutes and ended with 'Fury' getting her hand raised via unanimous decision. The three judges scored the fight 48-47, 48-47 and 47-47 in favor of the 33-year-old.
The main event features a thrilling clash of strawweight contenders as No. 5 ranked Mackenzie Dern (12-2) squares off against No. 6 Yan Xiaonan (15-3). Dern arrives at the UFC APEX with five victories in her last six bouts, showing continual improvements in her striking and conditioning to stake her claim for a title shot. Yan will look to take out Dern and recover from her last two fights as she looks to move up the 115-pound rankings.
A contrast in combat styles will be on display Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan in a matchup of women's strawweight contenders when Mackenzie Dern takes on Xiaonan Yan. Their matchup anchors the main UFC fight card (7 p.m. ET) from the Apex facility in Las Vegas. A title shot could be in store for the winner of what should be an intriguing matchup. The No. 5-ranked Dern is widely considered one of the best grapplers in the women's game, while Yan is heralded as one of the top strikers in the strawweight division.
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Both Dern and Yan are considered among the most promising prospects in what might be the most talent-rich division in the women's ranks of the UFC. Current champion Carla Esparza is set to defend her title against former champion Zhang Weili in November at UFC 281, and the winner of Saturday's main event could be in line to challenge the winner of that title fight.
Yan (15-3-1) is an explosive and active striker who was surging toward a title bid before she suffered setbacks against world-class competition. In May of last year she was stopped by Esparza, who won the title in her next fight. The Chinese fighter dropped a disputed split decision to Rodriguez in March. You can only see who to pick at UFC Fight Night here.
Santos (8-2) is a versatile Brazilian who seems to prefer the stand-up game over grappling, though the 27-year-old fighter has shown proficiency in both. In April, Santos lost his UFC debut by decision to veteran Julio Arce.
Marley also has strong picks for Dern vs. Yan and every other bout on the UFC Fight Night card. He's also backing a fighter who will "clearly win on the feet" to emerge with a dominant victory. Those UFC Fight Night picks are only available at SportsLine.
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On Saturday, Oct. 1, the UFC is back at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas for the second of three fight nights in a row, when top-six strawweights Mackenzie Dern and Xiaonan Yan face off in the main event. Both ladies suffered their most recent losses at the hands of third-ranked Marina Rodriguez. However, while Yan has not been in the cage since then, Dern got back in the win column with a split-decision win over then-surging Tecia Torres in Apr. 2022. A win for either of these women will get them back in the title hunt.
The co-main event features a battle between unranked welterweights Francisco Trinaldo and Randy Brown. With the 32-year-old Brown riding a three fight winning streak, and the 44-year-year-old Trinaldo winning his last two, either man could be on the hunt for a top-15 ranking with a win.
The main-event fighters are on opposite trajectories recently with Mackenzie Dern having won five of her last six, and Xiaonan Yan dropping two in a row; does Yan get back on track and topple the momentum of Dern?
Not only is Brown a long, rangy fighter who will have an eight-inch reach advantage, he has a great gas tank. He will push Trinaldo into moving constantly, whether it is rushing forward to close distance or back-pedaling to avoid being in boxing range. By halfway through the fight, it will be evident that Trinaldo is starting to slow down, and Brown will ratchet up the pressure even more in order to get a third-round stoppage.
Sumian: The matchup between Kryzsztof Jotko and Brendan Allen will be a fun one from start to finish. A back-and-forth affair should be on tap when these two middleweights meet in the Octagon. Allen will take the fight to Jotko and force a great fight for the fans.
Petela: Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci. These two Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belts will start the night off with a fun back-and-forth affair. Penne really needs a win to try and stay relevant after dropping her last fight against newcomer Emily Ducote. With her back against the wall, Penne will force the action early and often, and there will be a number of scrambles that keep fans entertained throughout the 15-minute contest.
Sumian: Onto the next one. This card is as uneventful as they come. Besides the main event, which is questionable already as a headliner, there is not a single fight on this card that is must-watch TV. The next couple of weeks should prove to be stale appetizers, as we get ready for the best card of the year in UFC 280.
After losing last October, Dern got back to winning ways with a split decision win over Tecia Torres at UFC 273 in April, and has now won five of her last six whilst also showing postive signs of improvement in her fighting ability.
Mackenzie avoided consecutive defeats for the first time in her career with a split decision win over Tecia Torres in her first ever fight to go five full rounds. Overall, Dern has seen three of her past four fights go the distance.
Yan is currently mired in the first losing streak of her career. Her current slide comes on the heels of a six-fight win streak to start her UFC career, with each of those victories coming by decision.
Francisco Trinaldo vies for a third straight win when he battles fellow welterweight Randy brown in the UFC Vegas 61 co-main event. Trinaldo is coming off a unanimous decision win over Danny Roberts at UFC 274, and has now seen eight of his past 10 fights go the distance.
We are less than one month from one of the most anticipated pay-per-view lineups of the year. At UFC 280, Charles Oliveira faces Islam Makhachev for the lightweight championship on a stacked card featuring Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw, Petr Yan vs.Sean O'Malley, and rising welterweight Sean Brady. Until then, we have a couple of Fight Nights at the UFC Apex to keep us busy and another rare idle week following this Saturday's card. Oddly, it feels like we are right in the middle of the closest thing the UFC has to a slow season. Nonetheless, there are still fights this weekend and bets to make.
UFC Vegas 61: Dern vs. Yan might lack household names, but there are plenty of stylistic matchups to keep bettors intrigued. The main event is the perfect example. Almost every UFC card features a pairing of striker versus submission specialist at some level. The handicap comes down to the fighters' ability to force the fight to where it's most advantageous for them. I will explain why I see value on the underdog in the main event and a solid parlay option that I locked up at +103 odds at BetMGM.
Dern is coming off a close decision win over Tecia Torres, capping off a recent 5-1 run in the UFC. Yan has lost her last two after starting her UFC career with six straight wins. With Dern ranked fifth and Yan sixth in the strawweight division, the winner puts herself in the mix for a No. 1 contender fight early in 2023.
Dern's improvement continues to impress, but her striking is still well-below average. Yan, on the other hand, is a polished striker with crisp boxing whose leg kicks will be something to keep an eye on early. If she is able to keep Dern on the defensive at a distance, every second both women stand and trade is a big win for Yan. After the first few minutes, you will see Dern look to tie up in grappling exchanges and find ways to get close enough to drag Yan to the mat. Her success in doing so will decide the fight.
Yan's takedown defense has been exploited in previous losses. That's part of the reason Dern is such a big favorite. She is an elite grappler and Brazilian Jui-Jitsu blackbelt who will relentlessly attack with submissions once she has you on the mat. It's going to be a challenge for Yan to have the discipline to keep this fight standing, especially for five rounds in the smaller cage at the Apex. But, she can do it.
More importantly, the probability of her doing it is higher than the implied 33.9% chance the odds give her. In fact, the onus is on Dern to get the fight to the ground. I don't know how much Yan's takedown defense has improved since her loss to Carla Esparza, but she has the weapons to execute a game plan to keep her opponent at distance for the majority of the fight. It might not thrill the crowd, but we could be in for a lot of circling and point fighting as Yan carefully picks her spots to slide into the pocket and rack up points for the judges. One of the gaps in Dern's game is that she doesn't have the strong wrestling that allows fighters to force the fight to the ground. If Dern gets sloppy on her entries in the later rounds, Yan has the cardio and clean enough combinations to punish her. 041b061a72