Claudia Gadelha injured, Yan Xiaonan without an opponent at UFC 253
Yan Xiaonan will need a new opponent if she still wants to fight at UFC 253 on September 26th. Claudia Gadelha has withdrawn from their strawweight bout with a knee injury leaving the Chinese fighter’s participation in doubt.
Xiaonan (12-1-0-1) is #10 in the rankings and has not lost a fight since 2010. Gadalha (18-4) is ranked #6 and the UFC will be scrambling to find a similar calibre replacement.
One Chinese fighter who is definitely going to be competing on the UFC 253 card is Heili Alateng. He has been matched with Casey Kenney in a bantamweight bout.
Kenney (14-2-1) is a former Legacy Fighting Alliance 135lbs champion. He has won three fights out of four for the UFC but is not currently ranked.
UFC 253 does not currently have a venue confirmed although the event is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi. In the main event Israel Adesanya is set to defend his middleweight title against Paulo Costa.