BREAKING: Strawweight Clash Between Marina Rodriguez and Yan Xiaonan Confirmed for UFC 272

Published 12/30/2021, 1:24 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Marina Rodriguez of Brazil poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


After rounding up its best year in the business, UFC is all set to take the next one even further. Having sorted out the winter fights, the matchmakers have set their focus on spring. With that said, the UFC has booked a match between top strawweight contenders Marina Rodriguez and Yan Xiaonan for their pay-per-view event in March.

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Xiaonan’s management firm, Paradigm Sports, confirmed the high voltage clash between the 115-pound elites on Twitter. “It’s official. Yan Xiaonan will take on Marina Rodriguez in a strawweight bout at UFC 272 in Las Vegas on March 5. #UFC272 #GP.”

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Notably, UFC President Dana White confirmed that strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will defend her belt against former champion Carla Esparza. All things considered, it is a no-brainer that the clash between strawweight #3 Marina Rodriguez and #4 Yan Xiaonan will serve as a title eliminator.

‘Fury’ is currently 13-2-0 1(NC) in her professional career. The Chinese fighter is battle-tested with remarkable wins over established 115-pounders Angela Hill, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and recently retired UFC star Claudia Gadelha. However, she lost her last fight to Esparza via a second-round stoppage.

Marina Rodriguez in the race for the title shot 

Marina Rodriguez has shown incredible capability since her UFC debut back in 2018. The 34-year-old, with a record of 15-1-2, currently rides a 3 fight winning streak. After beating Amanda Ribas and Michelle Waterson, she ended 2021 with three wins from three fights by outpointing Mackenzie Dern. For her efforts at the UFC Apex, the Brazilian claimed her maiden UFC post-fight bonus.

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Interestingly, both Yan Xiaonan and Marina Rodriguez have only one registered loss in their UFC careers. Both came at the hands of Carla Esparza.

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Currently, the UFC 272 pay-per-view is still searching for its headliner. However, key bouts such as Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell and Jessica Eye vs. Manon Fiorot have been confirmed.

Who do you think will take the victory home in this high-voltage strawweight clash? Tell us in the comments below.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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