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Chinese Fighter Delivers Highlight Reel TKO at UFC Vegas 42

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Chinese mixed martial artist Song Yadong delivered a stellar performance yesterday at UFC Vegas 42, ending his bantamweight bout with American Julio Arce (17-5-0) in the second round via TKO.

The win sees Song’s record in the UFC climb to 7-1-1 and his MMA record climb to 18-5-1.

Throughout the first round, both fighters appeared evenly matched. Though, Song, who hails from Northeast China, seemed to have a slight offensive edge while demonstrating his fast footwork, calculated precision, and powerful punches. 

An aggressive Arce came out swinging in round two, and for a short time, the fight seemed more evenly matched — until Arce was caught with a well-placed head kick and flurry of punches at one minute and 35 seconds into the second round.

China’s MMA fans, who have witnessed several disappointing outcomes over the past couple of weeks, are celebrating the victory.

“Go, Song Yadong! Go Chinese power,” wrote one Chinese netizen in the aftermath of Song’s win. Another wrote, “Song Yadong is impressive. The Chinese team has been on a losing streak, but he has broken the streak!”

Song’s win came a week to the day after former UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Zhang Weili lost her rematch with American Rose Namajunas at UFC 268 on November 6 in New York City.

And just days ahead of Zhang’s loss at Madison Square Garden, two of the three Chinese fighters featured in the final episode of Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5 were passed over for contracts with the UFC.

Though, we’re happy to note that Chinese lightweight Maheshate (6-1-0) defeated Achilles Estremadura (7-1-0) by unanimous decision during the MMA show and was honored with a contact from UFC boss Dana White.

Maheshate following the announcement that he has won a shot at UFC glory.

Maheshate following the announcement that he has won a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series Season 5. Screengrab via YouTube

Cover image via UFC

Matthew Bossons
Matt is RADII's managing editor. He is a Shanghai-based writer and editor with a passion for history, untold stories and scuba diving. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Matt has worked as a journalist in China for over half a decade and has had work published in major Chinese media outlets and international publications. He has previously lived in Guangzhou and Beijing.
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