The UFC is in Beijing for the first time this weekend, and top ranked heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou are set to rematch for the fans in China; though they might not be the two fighters who steal the show. Song Yadong and Kenan Song, who both made their debut at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai around a year ago, are both looking to add a third straight finish to their résumé.
Bantamweight Song Yadong racked up an 11-3 record fighting in China since going pro in 2013, only scoring finishes in six of those 11 fights. It’s been a different story here in the UFC. At UFC Fight Night 122, Yadong submitted Bharat Kandare in the first round and then finished Felipe Arantes with one second remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night 132 just six months later. Yadong will be facing Vince Morales, who is 8-2 with seven finishes. Morales appeared on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July and just competed at Bellator 205 in September. At only 20 years of age and with an exciting striking game, Yadong is a prospect that the UFC has made sure to get on the international cards, but if he keeps impressing you can expect to see him in the states soon.
Welterweight Kenan Song compiled a 12-4 record in China (11 finishes) before making his debut in Shanghai last year, and he ended that fight 15 seconds into the first round. Song connected with a right, dropping Bobby Nash and following up with punches before the ref called it off. Song pretty much repeated that same finish with a win over Hector Aldana in Singapore six months later. (Interesting side note, one of Song’s losses are to Israel Adesanya in 2015.) Song’s next challenge is BJJ player Alex Morono, who has compiled a 3-2 record with the organization. This is a step up in competition for Song, who will look to add another knockout to his résumé and make some noise in the division.
UFC Fight Night 141: Blaydes Vs. Ngannou 2 airs on UFC Fight Pass starting @ 3:15AM ET/12:15AM PT.