Yan Xiaonan will be back in action at UFC 288. She faces Jéssica Andrade in New Jersey on May 6th and a win could thrust the Chinese fighter into immediate title contention.
Of course the belt is currently the property of Xiaonan’s compatriot Weili Zhang. It isn’t clear whether the UFC would be interested in matching two Chinese fighters together of if they would actually want to fight.
But Xiaonan (16-3-0-1) dreams of winning the title and can move a step closer to that goal with a win against a former strawweight champion. With Andrade ranked at #4 a victory would virtually guarantee a spot in the top five.
— UFC (@ufc) October 2, 2022
Andrade (24-10) briefly moved up to 125lbs after losing her title to Weili Zhang. She even challenged for the UFC flyweight title but was beaten by Valentina Shevchenko.
But she is back at strawweight and comes into this contest with three wins in her last four fights. She is currently ranked #4 at both strawweight and flyweight and is #7 on the UFC’s pound for pound female rankings.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 31, 2019
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In the main event Aljamain Sterling (22-3) defends his bantamweight title against Henry Cejudo (16-2). The latter has not fought since 2020 but held the flyweight and bantamweight titles at the time.
Cejudo announced he would no longer be competing because he was unhappy about the level of remuneration he was receiving from the UFC. In the past three years he has become a highly respected coach but the 36 year old will be making his comeback at UFC 288.