UFC Fight Night: Dern vs Yan, also known as UFC Vegas 61, will be held at the Apex Center in Enterprise, Nevada. The event will take place on October 1 and will feature several highly anticipated games.
Strawweight contenders Mackenzie Dern (No. 5) and Xiaonan Yan (No. 6) will square off in the main event of the evening. They both want to make a statement and get closer to championship contention by winning their bouts.
At featherweight, No. 12 Sodiq Yusuff will face off against UFC newcomer Don Shainis in the main card’s co-main event. Both combatants will likely go headfirst into the fray, landing vicious blows on each other.
Dern Vs Yan: Main Card
Favourite Mackenzie Dern (-2210) faces up against the underdog Xiaonan Yan (+180) in the women’s strawweight division.
Sodiq Yusuff vs Don Shainis, featherweights.
Randy Brown, the heavyweight favourite, is -280 against Francisco Trinaldo, who is +235.
Dern Vs Yan: initial card
(Bantamweight) Favorite Raoni Barcelos (-215) vs. Trevin Jones (+185)
Jessica Penne +145 vs. Tabatha Ricci -170 (Women’s Strawweight) [favourite]
(Bantamweight) John Castaneda -210 [favorite] vs. Daniel Santos +180
Our Prediction: Dern vs Yan
Randy Brown has won three consecutive battles, the most recent of which was a decisive submission win over Alex Oliveira in the first round in April of 2021. Brown defeated Oliveira in this match through submission.
In the meanwhile, Francisco Trinaldo has won his past two fights in a row, and the judges of each of those bouts came to the same conclusion about the winner.
Brown has been looking a lot more spectacular as of late, and he has a larger proportion of victories by knockout than the other fighter has, even though they are both known for their tendency to win fights via knockout.
In addition to being 12 years younger, the character known as “Rude Boy” also has an advantage in reach of eight inches, which is a significant disparity. It is predicted that Randy Brown would emerge victorious after a thrilling bout. Taking everything into account.
Sodiq Yusuff vs Don Shainis
On September 17, the just finished UFC Fight Night event was supposed to feature Sodiq Yusuff in a co-headlining bout against Giga Chikadze. However, this bout was ultimately scrapped.
After Chikadze withdrew from the fight, the 29-year-old will now focus his attention on Don Shainis as his next opponent. Yusuff has competed in the UFC six times, and he has won five of those times.
His most recent victory came from a decision against Alex Caceres. On the other side, Don Shainis will be making his promotional debut at UFC Vegas 61, where he will be competing in the hopes of earning his sixth consecutive victory.
The fact that Shanes has won his previous five fights by technical knockout makes it seem as if he is more remarkable than Yusuff, but it is obvious that Shainis has not been up against opponents of the same calibre.
Therefore, we will go with Sodiq Yusuff, who is an elite athlete and should demonstrate that he deserves that status in his next competition.
Verdict- Sodiq Yusuff
Mackenzie Dern vs Xiaonan Yan
Mackenzie Dern will compete in the main event of the next UFC Fight Night to earn a win for the second time in a row. After suffering a defeat at the hands of Marina Rodriguez in October of last year, the 29-year-old rebounded with a victory against Tecia Torres in April through a decision that was decided by a divided jury.
Dern was on a winning run of four fights before that defeat, with three of those wins coming by way of submission. Xiaonan Yan, on the other hand, will enter the fight to bounce back from a pair of consecutive losses suffered inside the octagon. Every one of ‘Fury’s’ previous six victories in the UFC came by way of a unanimous decision.
It is very clear that Dern wants to take this battle to the ground, where she will have a greater number of opportunities to end the fight. The issue that has to be answered is whether or not the Chinese national can defend the takedown. The takedown defence that Yan has is at 65%, which may not be enough considering that Dern will be persistent in her efforts to take Yan down.