UFC 265 Main Card: Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney: Prediction and Analysis

Published 08/06/2021, 8:46 AM EDT


Derrick Lewis and Ciryl Gane will face each other at the UFC 265 event this weekend. Fans are very excited about this fight, as it is for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. However, apart from this fight, there are a plethora of other glorious fights set for the UFC 265 event as well. One such fight is the Bantamweight clash between Song Yadong and Casey Kenney.

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Song Yadong is a young Chinese mixed martial artist who has competed in 7 UFC fights. The fighter made his UFC debut in 2017 as he faced Bharat Khandare at the UFC Fight Night 122. Yadong performed admirably and won that fight via first-round submission. Following that victory, ‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ went on performing and won 4 out of his next 5 fights (1 ending in a draw).

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Yadong last competed in the UFC back in March 2021 as he faced Kyler Phillips at UFC 259. Yadong lost that fight via a unanimous decision to get his first UFC loss. Now Yadong will look to come back stronger from the defeat and prove to everyone why he is one of the brightest prospects in MMA.

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Kenney is relatively older than Yadong and has an MMA record of (16-3-1). The fighter last competed in the UFC against Dominick Cruz at UFC 259 and lost via split decision. However, prior to this fight, Kenney was in dominant form winning three consecutive UFC fights in 2020.

UFC 265: Song Yadong vs. Casey Kenney: Analysis

This fight will be one of the closest of the night, as both fighters are pretty well matched. The only difference might be the stamina, as Kenney might just let a bit go towards the end of the fight and leave himself open to attacks from Yadong.

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However, Kenney will look to take down Sadong, and that is something that ‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ must be careful of. Yadong, however, seems to be quicker and more technically sound and hence should emerge victorious in the end.

Final Prediction: Song Yadong defeats Casey Kenney via decision

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Who do you think will win the UFC 265 fight between Song Yadong and Casey Kenney? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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