Kailin Curran-Yan Xiaonan, Gina Mazany-Yanan Wu added to UFC Fight Night 122 in China

UFC Fight Night 122, the first UFC event in mainland China, is beginning to shape up with the addition of a pair of women’s bouts that feature two debuting Chinese fighters.

In the strawweight division, Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) will welcome Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon for the first time, while in the bantamweight division Gina Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) faces Yanan Wu (9-1, 0-0 UFC).

Curran and Mazany announced the matchups for UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place Nov. 25 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams on UFC Fight Pass, on their respective social media accounts (via Instagram):

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Curran is likely facing a do-or-die situation when it comes to her UFC career. She’s suffered losses in her past three fights and has just one victory in six octagon appearances. The Hawaiian is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Alexandra Albu at UFC 214 in July.

Looking to extend Curran’s skid is Yan. “Fury” will return to action from a more than one-year layoff for the fight, but she brings a six-fight unbeaten streak into the contest, with all of her victories coming by stoppage.

Mazany, meanwhile, will hope her sophomore UFC effort goes better than her first. “Danger” accepted a short-notice fight with Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105 in February to break into the promotion but was submitted in a mere 74 seconds by the Olympic silver medalist.

Now Mazany will be the one attempting to play spoiler for someone’s debut when she takes on Wu, who immediately becomes one of the youngest fighters on the UFC roster at just 21. She already has 10 fights of experience, though, winning all but one.

With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 122 card now includes:

  • Anderson Silva vs. Kelvin Gastelum
  • Kailin Curran vs. Xiaonan Yan
  • Gina Mazany vs. Yanan Wu

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Gina Mazany talks pros and cons – well, just pros – of having ex-UFC champ Miesha Tate as manager

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As far as MMA managers go, it seems like UFC bantamweight Gina Mazany has a pretty complete package in former champion Miesha Tate.

After all, it’s not every day you get to be mentored by someone who not only knows you but has some valuable first-hand experience with a lot of your possible competition.

“One thing I love about training with Miesha is that her and I, we’ve trained together,” Mazany told MMAjunkie Radio. “We’ve sparred together. We’ve grappled together. We’ve wrestled together. So she knows what I have to offer, what I have to put on the table. I like it when she’s like, ‘You should fight so and so, I think that would be a really great fight for you.’

“Because she’s experienced – not only with the game and probably a lot of the girls that are currently in the 135 division, but also with me.”

Tate was the one who told Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) that, four fights into her professional MMA career, she had just landed a UFC contract. The news, however, came with a caveat: Mazany would have only 16 days to prepare for her debut against former title challenger and Olympic medalist Sara McMann.

Add to it that Mazany, who’d just finished “a big steak dinner,” was a little bit heavy, and you have some unfavorable conditions for her first time in the octagon. But, from the start, the answer to Tate’s offer was always clear on the newcomer’s mind.

“It’s one of those things where it’s like a door opens, and you’ve got to run through it,” Mazany said.

The debut, which took place at UFC Fight Night 105 in February, didn’t go well. Mazany ended up on the unfortunate end of an arm-triangle choke by her much more experienced opponent. But regardless, only five fights into her professional MMA career, Mazany is officially a UFC fighter.

Moving forward, the bantamweight plans on still getting another fight by year’s end. As far as possible matchups go, she’s already got some social media beef stewing.

Well, sort of.

“Her name is Lucie Pudilova,” Mazany said. “She’s newly signed. I originally wanted to fight her, because – she first got signed, and she fought Lina Lansberg. Good scrap, really good fight. Lina ended up pulling off the win. And then after, my Twitter was blowing up, with Lucie like, ‘I want to fight Gina,’ talking all this trash.

“And then I got on Instagram, and she was talking all this trash. And I was like, “I just got on the scene, I just got beat up by Sara McMann taking a last-minute fight, what did I do?’”

Mazany would later come to find that the confrontation with Pudilova, who recovered from the Lansberg loss with a decision over Ji Yeon Kim, was merely the work of a “total Twitter troll.” But now that the seed has been planted, she’s down if Pudilova is.

“I think that’d be a fun fight,” Mazany said.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2505 with Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez, Dave LaGreca

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez and Dave LaGreca.

UFC women’s bantamweight Mazany and MMA free agent Gustavo Lopez, both fighting out of the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas, co-hosted the second hour of the show. LaGreca, host of the pro wrestling show “Busted Open” on SiriusXM Rush 93, talked to the hosts about crossover athletes like Brock Lesnar, Cris “Cyborg” and Shayna Baszler, and how they impact each sport.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez and Dave LaGreca

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Gina Mazany, Gustavo Lopez and Dave LaGreca.

Mazany, a UFC women’s bantamweight, and Lopez, bantamweight prospect who’s looking for a big opportunity, join us in studio. LaGreca hosts “Busted Open” on SiriusXM 93.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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