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UFC Fight Night - Dern vs. Yan: Preview, TV Time, Card, and Predictions

Here's what you need to know about the explosive women's strawweight clash.

After a week with no UFC events, the best action in the octagon returns this Saturday in Las Vegas with an interesting women's strawweight fight between Mackenzie Dern and Yan Xiaonan.

During the week, there was a rumor that Mark Zuckerberg, billionaire owner of Meta Platforms, had rented the entire venue to enjoy the event with his friends. UFC President Dana White quickly shut down the rumors.

The reality is that the UFC usually sells a limited number of VIP tickets for events at UFC Apex, although on this occasion, the event will be closed to the public and media.

Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan

UFC knows it has a future star in Mackenzie Dern, because the Brazilian-American fighter is a fan favorite, thanks to her talent and beauty.

Dern comes into this fight after defeating veteran Tecia Torres by split decision, which allowed her to climb in the rankings to the fifth spot in the women's strawweight division.

China's Xiaonan is coming off losses to Marina Rodriguez and reigning champion Carla Esparza, two of the top fighters in the 155 lb. division. Previously, she had 13 undefeated fights, six of them in the UFC, beating big names such as Angela Hill, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and Cláudia Gadelha.

In this fight, we will see the classic duel between the striker (Xiaonan) and the grappler (Dern). While the Chinese is a specialist in Sanda (Chinese boxing), Dern is one of the most decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighters in the world, with countless international championships in different divisions, including open weight.

While Dern has no wins by (T)KO, winning by submission in 7 of his 14 professional victories; Xiaonan has never won by submission, while knocking out 7 opponents in her 15 pro wins.

As long as she can stay on her feet, Xiaonan will have the advantage in this fight, and we must consider that she possesses a 65% takedown defense percentage, compared to the 9% takedown average of Mackenzie Dern, who is always desperately looking to take the fight to the ground in order to employ her game.

In any facet of the game other than being on the ground, Xiaonan will be superior in this fight, because her striking is infinitely superior, as well as having greater size. Dern may get frustrated if she fails to land a tie-up or takedown as the rounds progress.

Prediction: Yan Xiaonan wins by Unanimous Decision.

Fighter to watch: Aleksei Oleinik

They call him "The Boa Constrictor" because he is capable of strangling anyone, anywhere. We never know what trick he'll pull out of his sleeve, because at any moment he can execute a submission out of nowhere, and that's what makes him special.

The Russian is a veteran in every sense of the word, with nearly 80 fights as a professional. Oleinik has submitted 47 opponents in his career, which is truly amazing.

The techniques he has used to win fights by submission range from scarf holds, ezekiel chokes, and neck cranks, to the more common rear naked chokes and arm bars. The heavyweight has a great repertoire to submit and surprise the fans.

UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Yan – Full Card:

Main Card (7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT)

· Women’s strawweight: Mackenzie Dern vs. Yan Xiaonan

· Welterweight: Randy Brown vs. Francisco Trinaldo

· Bantamweight: Raoni Barcelos vs. Trevin Jones

· Featherweight: Sodiq Yusuff vs. Don Shainis

· Catchweight: John Castenada vs. Daniel Santos

· Lightweight: Mike Davis vs. Viacheslav Borshchev

Prelims (4:00 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT)

· Heavyweight: Ilir Latifi vs. Aleksei Oleinik

· Women’s strawweight: Jessica Penne vs. Tabatha Ricci

· Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brendan Allen

· Light heavyweight: Maxim Grishin vs. Philipe Lins

· Catchweight: Julija Stoliarenko vs. Chelsea Chandler

· Bantamweight: Guido Cannetti vs. Randy Costa