UFC women’s strawweight contenders Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan are looking to shake up the standings when they compete at UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday (7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+, with prelims at 4:00 p.m. ET on ESPN+). compete against each other.
Dern, ranked 6th in ESPN divisional rankings, earned a split decision win over Tecia Torres in their last fight in April. Yan, who is just ahead of Dern in 5th place, has suffered back-to-back losses in her last two bouts.
That same night, Bellator hosts Bellator 286 at the Long Beach Arena in Long Beach. In the Main Event, Adam Borics takes on reigning Featherweight Champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire. Freire is #3 in ESPN’s featherweight rankings.
Brett Okamoto spoke to Xtreme Couture MMA Coach Eric Nicksick to get his take on the UFC Main Event matchup, and ESPN betting experts Ian Parker and Reed Kuhn add their insights and analysis for the Main Events of both the fight cards and other more intriguing ones Add bets like.
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Women’s Strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan
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