UFC Vegas 61 preview: Dern vs. Yan

Last updated on 24 September 2022 at 00:47 (UK time)

MacKenzie Dern is a top five competitor in her weight class who has also won several gold medals in international jiu-jitsu competitions. But despite all of his accomplishments, he has never been awarded a UFC title in his successful career. After his impressive performance at UFC 273 this April, there are whispers that one more big win will be enough for him to finally get his chance. However, standing in his way is Yan Xianonan, a formidable opponent who also ranks high in strawweight. There’s a lot to unpack here; without further ado, let’s get down to business!

Dern vs. Yan

MacKenzie Dern holds the record for the most wins in the history of the UFC women’s strawweight division. His future opponent, Yan Xiaonan, has only been featured once in his career; it was in 2010, during his fourth pro fight. Needless to say, this fight is a contrast of styles.

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Dern is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it’s no secret that she wants to grapple her opponents and use her knowledge against them. Xiaonan, on the other hand, owes all of his stoppage wins to knockouts. Dern tries to wrestle and Xiaonan prefers to punch. All mixed martial artists know how the fight goes, the question is which side can execute their game plan more affectively.

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Brown vs. Trinaldo

Lightweight challenger Randy Brown begins a three-fight streak against Francisco Trinaldo. Trinaldo, on the other hand, enters the match on a two-fight winning streak. Interestingly, they last performed at UFC 274 in May of this year.

Both men are brown belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but Trinaldo has the advantage of being a black belt in kickboxing. Brown, on the other hand, has a youth advantage, being 12 years younger than his next opponent. At 44, Trinaldo is rumored to retire after this fight, win, lose or draw. Whether or not he decides to leave the octagon, he has had a great career and his contributions to the sport are highly valued.

Barcelona vs. Jones

Before he lost his last two fights by decision, bantamweight veteran Raoni Barcelos was enjoying a nine-fight winning streak. At 35 years old, he hopes to break into the UFC’s top 15 divisions with an eye on the first title of his tenure with the organization. To do so, he will have to go through Trevin Jones, who is also trying to reverse his two-fight losing streak.

Trevin Jones is a southpaw; his unusual stance has caused problems for opposing fighters. Jones moved to Guam as a teenager because he had a family member there who was in the Navy. As a result, he came to mixed martial arts through the PXC organization near the Philippines. He eventually became the bantamweight champion of the organization before eventually making his way to the UFC. Barcelos and Jones are two of the most battle-tested warriors in the bantamweight division. You don’t want to miss it!

In Yusuff vs. Shain

Featherweight challenger Sodiq Yusuff is ranked twelfth in the UFC featherweight rankings. His next opponent in Don Shain will make his organizational debut at UFC Vegas 61. Even though Yusuff is the most accomplished fighter, he can’t afford to overlook the Boston native nicknamed “Shameless.” Shainis is two years older than Yusuff and has only lost three times in fifteen professional fights. It will be an interesting match between two of the best athletes in the featherweight division. Be sure to tune in!

Castañeda vs. Santos

Featherweight prospect John Castañeda has only fought once in each calendar year since 2018. His next match will mark the first time he has held multiple en un año since 2017. Daniel Santos, Castañeda’s next opponent, did not compete at all in 2020 or 2021. His two-year absence from the sport is shrouded in mystery, but he has a chance to erase any doubts that he can perform well in his UFC debut on Saturday. There are many questions surrounding these two fighters. The biggest question is which of these two men will rise above the detractors and take the next leap forward in their careers?

Davis vs. Borshchev

Lightweight challenger Mike Davis pulled out of a match scheduled for March of this year due to undisclosed personal reasons. As a result, he has not been seen inside the Octagon since January 2021. Many pundits wonder if Davis has significant Octagon rust after a year and a half away from serious competition. His next opponent, Slava Borshchev, has won one fight and lost the other during 2022. His match against Davis will determine whether or not this year has been a winning one. Be sure to tune in to witness these two warriors put it all together UFC Vegas 61!

How to watch

UFC Vegas 61 can be seen on BT Sports in the UK and ESPN Plus in the US. As always, we have all the latest updates on the results of the fights, as well as in-depth analysis, available here at World in Sports!