Yan Xiaonan becomes number one contender for Zhang Weili’s strawweight belt after taking out Jessica Andrade at UFC 288

Yan Xiaonan Secures Title Shot Against Zhang Weili After Impressive Victory Over Jessica Andrade at UFC 288. Yan Xiaonan demonstrated why she is one of the most fascinating competitors in the UFC strawweight class after a night of thrilling battles. The surging contender faced off against former undisputed strawweight champion, Jessica Andrade, in the third fight on the main card of UFC 288 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Yan Xiaonan Shocks Andrade and the World with Stunning Victory and Claims Strawweight Title Shot

Many had predicted that Andrade, who had moved back down to strawweight, would beat Xiaonan comfortably. But the Chinese fighter had probably wanted to prove them all wrong and as she made her way into the cage, she looked focused and determined to take down the Brazilian powerhouse.

When the fight started, Xiaonan did well to establish her range and occasionally hit Andrade. While Yan was concentrating on closing the gap, Andrade was focusing on doing the same, which caused her to bump into counters. The Chinese fighter managed to keep Andrade on the outside, countering well whenever the Brazilian tried to pressure her.

In the end, Xiaonan delivered a decisive counter right overhand, catching Andrade and sending her to the canvas. Quick intervention from the referee saved Andrade from suffering any major injuries. Andrade did not appear to be in any immediate need of medical assistance despite the KO. With this impressive victory over a top-ranked opponent, Xiaonan has now become the number-one contender for Zhang Weili’s strawweight belt. 

Xiaonan’s Striking Mastery Puts Her in Line for UFC Strawweight Crown

Xiaonan’s win over Andrade was a testament to her striking skills and ability to keep her opponents at bay. We can only imagine what she’ll do once she’s fighting for the belt. To put it in perspective, Yan Xiaonan’s impressive performance at UFC 288 has undoubtedly catapulted her into the upper echelons of the strawweight division.

With a devastating knockout victory over former champion Jessica Andrade, Xiaonan has cemented her position as the number one contender for Zhang Weili’s belt. She is a difficult opponent for anyone in the category because of her combination of speed, power, and technical skill. As Xiaonan’s stardom continues to rise, she could be looking at her shot at UFC gold.

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