Yadong Song
The Terminator


Taking on Kyler Phillips in March
January 11, 2021
Song (16-4-1, 1 NC) is slated to face Kyler Phillips (8-1-0) in a bantamweight fight as part of the UFC's March 6 event, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Song has been unbeaten in his first six UFC bouts, claiming five wins and one draw. He'll square off against another streaking fighter in Phillips, a victor in three straight bouts.
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Remains unbeaten in UFC
May 16, 2020
Song defeated Marlon Vera via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Jacksonville.
It didn't come easy. There was little separation between the two men in a fight Song entered a (-200) favorite. He was slightly more effective than Vera over the course of the first two rounds before fading in the final five minutes. Song hits hard for a featherweight and clearly had a power edge over Vera. Song's striking defense needs work, and he makes some technical errors here and there, but his ceiling is immensely high given the fact he doesn't turn 23 years of age until late-December. He already has five (5-0-1) UFC victories under his belt. He'll also take home an extra $50,000 for his efforts here, as this bout was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Appears fight is on
May 15, 2020
According to an Instagram post from Urijah Faber, Song is slated to take part in his scheduled bout Saturday versus Marlon Vera.
Faber was a surprise on the scales Friday and it turns out he was there as an emergency replacement if Song couldn't get his visa issues figured out. Those appear to be out of the way, so Song should retake his spot on the card and sits around a -190 favorite as of Friday afternoon.
Saturday bout in jeopardy
May 15, 2020
Song is currently dealing with some visa issues that could place his bout against Marlon Vera in jeopardy, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
Song has already weighed in at 145.5 pounds for the event, so this specifics surrounding his circumstances remain unclear. Should he ultimately be unable to compete, the UFC did bring in Urijah Faber to weigh in as an alternate for the event. Faber weighed in at 153.5 pounds as an alternate, and is standing by while all parties involved work toward a conclusion.
Facing Marlon Vera in May
April 28, 2020
Song (15-4-1, 1 NC) is slated to face Marlon Vera (17-5-1) in a bantamweight fight May 16 as part of a UFC Fight Night event in Jacksonville, Mike Heck and Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com report.
Song will take a eight-fight unbeaten streak into Jacksonville, though he settled for a draw with Cody Stamann in his last bout at UFC Washington in December. The 22-year-old has been regarded as one of the top up-and-coming prospects in the division since cracking the top-15 rankings following his first-round knockout of Alejandro Perez at UFC 239 last summer.
Mental mistake leads to draw
December 7, 2019
Song fought Cody Stamann to a majority draw (27-29, 28-28, 28-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Washington D.C.
Song has nobody to blame for this draw but himself. He would have walked out of Capital One Arena with a victory had he not (correctly) been docked a point by referee Kevin Mulhall for an illegal knee to a grounded opponent in Round 1. Song immediately realized his mistake, but that infraction turned what have almost certainly been a 10-9 Song victory in Round 1 into a 9-9 draw. The two men then proceeded to split Rounds 2 and 3 and that was all she wrote. It was nothing more than a mental mistake in a bout in which Song entered as a hefty -240 favorite. He still remains unbeaten in his last eight fights dating back to November 2016, but he gave away a victory on Saturday.