Coach: Slumping Kailin Curran should go to Invicta FC, but it's not that simple

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Kailin Curran’s boxing coach, Jason Parillo, is standing firm by his fighter despite Curran being in the midst of the longest losing skid in women’s UFC history.

Curran (4-6 MMA, 1-6 UFC) suffered her fourth consecutive loss in UFC competition this past month when she dropped a unanimous decision to Yan Xiaonan at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai. Curran joined the UFC roster in late 2014 when she was just 23 years old and had only three pro fights, and since then she’s struggled to keep her head above water.

Typically fighters with Curran’s experience level would receive more grooming outside the UFC or pick their matchups carefully once in the promotion. Curran, however, accepted fights with the likes of Xiaonan, Felice Herrig and Paige VanZant, and the results have shown she’s not prepared for that level of competition.

Parillo said it’s a challenging process to work through, but he hasn’t lost faith in his fighter because he knows what Curran is capable of.

“With Kailin I know the uphill battle she’s been battling,” Parillo told MMAjunkie. “I’ve been helping her out. They haven’t done Kailin Curran any favors. … She has been put in this position. It’s not been by my choice, but at the end of the day she’s learning on the job. If you ask me about Kailin Curran, she’s still green. I tell her all the time. It’s no offense to her. She’s learning on the job, unfortunately.

“We all learn on the job, but we learn in the amateurs, we learn in the low-level pros, and we learn on the job to get better. She’s learning on the highest platform that there is, and she’s learning against the best girls in her division. She’s green. I think she’s turned a corner. I think she turned a corner her last fight.”

What the future holds for Curran remains to be seen. Parillo said she’s still under UFC contract as of now, but with four losses in a row and one win in seven octagon appearances, it’s possible her deal could be terminated.

Although Parillo said part of him would like to see Curran move to an organization such as Invicta FC, where the competition would be more suitable, he said it’s not that simple. On average, the UFC still pays the highest wages to its fighters of any organization, and if it wants to keep Curran around, it’s hard to turn her back on the paydays in lieu of going elsewhere where she would receive less money.

Parillo also said Curran is hindered by the fact she doesn’t have a manager or any official representation. She makes her own career decisions when it comes to accepting fights, and for an upstart athlete looking to grow and win, Parillo said it only makes her position more challenging.

“I kind of wanted her to go to Invicta, but it’s kind of hard,” Parillo said. “She has a decent contract financially with the UFC. You’re going to take a huge pay cut, and if that’s the only way you’re making money it can become a difficult thing. I’m hoping that’s kind of the direction. I would like to see that happen. I would like to help her get control of her career a little bit.

“Kailin’s running around without a manager right now, and that’s like going to court without a lawyer. That’s kind of why she’s stuck in these positions where she’s fighting 7-0 girls and strong girls and bigger girls and girls that the promotion’s trying to develop, and she’s just out there being kind of a stepping stone.”

One thing Parillo does know about Curran, though, is that whatever happens next, she’s not going to quit. Curran’s positive attitude through adversity is a commendable character trait that Parillo said is going to get her through the other end of her disappointing slump.

“She’s definitely got heart, and she’s got all the skills in the world,” Parillo said. “Her mind hasn’t caught up yet, and that’s experience.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 122 post-event facts: Michael Bisping sets new UFC record for most times knocked down

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The UFC made its debut on mainland China on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 122, check took place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Rising middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum (14-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) added another notable victory to his resume in the main event when he starched former 185-pound champion Michael Bisping (30-9 MMA, 20-9 UFC) for a first-round knockout, concluding a card that had eight stoppages in 12 fights.

For more on the numbers to come out of the UFC’s final November event, check below for 40 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 122.

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General

Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $105,000.

Debuting fighters went 4-6 at the event.

Gastelum, Li Jingliang, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Song Yadong earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 122 fight-night bonuses.

UFC Fight Night 122 drew an announced attendance of 15,128. No live gate was announced for the card.

Betting favorites went 8-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 12-bout card was 1:41:47.

Main card

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum improved to 2-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December 2016. He’s 4-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has earned 10 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his nine UFC wins.

Bisping suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Bisping suffered his first knockout loss since Jan. 19, 2013 – a span of 1,771 days (nearly five years) and 11 fights.

Bisping’s 12 knockdowns suffered in UFC competition are most in company history.

Li Jingliang

Jingliang’s (14-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak is the longest of his UFC career.

Jingliang has earned all four of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Jingliang’s four knockout victories since 2014 in UFC competition are tied with Neil Magny, Mike Perry and Santiago Ponzinibbio for most in the division.

Zak Ottow (15-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) suffered his first knockout loss since Mar. 15, 2014 – a span of 1,351 days (nearly four years) and 12 fights.

Wang Guan and Alex Caceres

Alex Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC) fell to 3-3 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015.

Caceres fell to 3-6 in his past nine UFC appearances.

Alex Garcia (15-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has earned 12 of his 15 career victories by stoppage.

Muslim Salikhov (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2012.

Salikhov has suffered both of his career losses by submission.

Preliminary card

Zabit Magomedsharipov

Magomedsharipov (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hans’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Magomedsharipov has earned 12 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. Both of his UFC wins are by submission.

Magomedsharipov’s 11 takedowns landed tied Gray Maynard at the TUF 25 Finale and Jimy Hettes at UFC 141 for the single-fight UFC/WEC featherweight record.

Magomedsharipov earned the 12th anaconda choke submission in UFC history.

Sheymon Moraes (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by submission.

Kenan Song

Kenan Song (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.

Song’s 15-second knockout is the fifth fastest in UFC welterweight history.

Song’s 15-second win was the second fastest in UFC history by a debuting behind Anthony Johnson’s 13-second win.

Bobby Nash (8-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of his career.

Nash has suffered all of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Yan Xiaonan (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) improved to 5-0 (with one no-contest) since returning from a nearly five-year layoff in July 2015.

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran’s (4-6 MMA, 1-6 UFC) six UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history

Curran suffered her fourth consecutive loss to extend the longest skid of her career.

Curran fell to 1-6 in her past six bouts.

Bharat Khandare (5-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Khandare has suffered all three of his career losses by submission.

Shamil Abdurakhimov

Shamil Abdurakhimov (18-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) earned his first knockout victory since March 11, 2011 – a span of 2,451 days (nearly seven years) and nine fights.

Chase Sherman (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Yanan Wu (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) suffered the first decision loss of her career.

Wuliji Buren (8-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) fell to 2-4 in his past six fights.

Hu Yaozong (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his three-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Yan Xiaonan's striking on point in win over Kailin Curran

Yan Xiaonan’s accuracy in the striking department was the bane of Kailin Curran’s night.

Xiaonan (8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) won her UFC debut with a unanimous decision over Curran (4-6 MMA, 1-6 UFC) thanks to her standup game, which held up over Curran’s propensity for takedown attempts and clinch work. Xiaonan took a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27.

The strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC Fight Night 122 event at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Xiaonan went to work straight away. She landed heavy punches early following a kick. Then she dropped Curran with a right hand. Curran recovered 35 seconds in, but Xiaonan continued throwing. A minute in, Curran clinched up in defense and pushed Xiaonan to the cage. Just ahead of the midway point, Curran did serious work looking for a takedown, but Xiaonan stayed upright against the fence.

Curran worked knees to the legs and kept looking for the trip. With two minutes left, Xiaonan got the break and went back to striking. With 90 seconds left, Curran couldn’t get a takedown and Xiaonan made her pay with some punches to the head. Curran again tied her up hoping to drag her down. They slugged it out down the stretch, but it was Xiaonan who continued to show a clear edge in the striking game.

Xiaonan again let her striking do the work early in the second, but 45 seconds in Curran got a much-needed takedown. Xiaonan was back to her feet fairly quickly, but pressed Xiaonan to the fence andlanded short punches. Xiaonan got out of there not long after and kicked high, then started working a stiff jab. She staggered Curran with a left, then backed out. Midway through, Curran fired back and pushed Xiaonan to the fence, where she tied her up again.

Xiaonan popped Curran’s head back with a big right hand, and it forced Curran to tie things up yet again. With 90 seconds left, Xiaonan got back to the center, where it was clear she wanted to be. Another right hand landed for Xiaonan, but Curran stayed upright and kept coming forward, seemingly unafraid of Xiaonan’s power. Curran landed a right, then tried a head kick with 30 seconds left before tying Xiaonan up once again looking for a takedown. It didn’t come, but Curran landed a flurry of short punches to the face before the horn.

Xiaonan came out fast in the final frame and put Curran on the canvas. Between rounds, Curran’s corner was clear that she was down two rounds and woudl need a finish to leave Shanghai with a win. But Xiaonan was more than happy to get into exchanges with her. With three minutes left in the round, Curran landed a takedown. Xiaonan tied her up and left her throwing just short punches to the body. Curran tried to posture up for bigger punches and got some through. But Xiaonan kept her mostly wrapped up in guard.

With a minute left, Xiaonan got back to her feet. Curran immediately tied her up again, which wasn’t going to win her the fight. With 20 seconds left, they broke off and threw bombs down the stretch. Xiaonan’s mouth was bloodied up, but that didn’t tell the story of the fight, which was her accurate striking on the feet.

Xiaonan won for the sixth straight time. Curran’s slide continued with her fourth straight loss. She has dropped six of her seven fights in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 122 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan contributed to this report on site in China.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC-Shanghai, the UFC's debut in mainland China with Bisping vs. Gastelum

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Michael Bisping lost the UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre on Nov. 4. The veteran fighter tended to his emotional and physical wounds for a few days, then he told the UFC he’d be happy to face Kelvin Gastelum on Saturday in the UFC Fight Night 122 main event.

The opportunity arose when Gastelum’s original opponent, former middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva, was flagged with a potential doping violation. And so, 21 days after losing his title, Bisping steps back into the octagon.

Saturday’s event is the UFC’s first foray into mainland China after it held events in Macau in 2012 and 2014.

With the opening of a new market, the promotion went heavy on local talent. One of those fighters, Li Jingliang, who is in the process of establishing himself as the face of the UFC in China, competes in the co-headliner against Zak Ottow. The bout is Jingliang’s first fight in his home country since he won the Legend FC welterweight title in 2013.

UFC Fight Night 122 takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. It can’t be a positive for both competitors

It’s hard to argue with Gastelum’s (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) logic. After Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) replaced Silva, the 26-year-old said he liked the new matchup better. A few years ago that remark would have been laughable. Today, it’s on the mark. Bisping is currently ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA Middleweight rankings. He’s also just a few weeks removed from his reign as 185-pound champion. Silva is ranked No. 10 and 1-4 with one no contest dating back to 2013.

“If I win this fight, it will put me up high in the rankings, and I’ll be in the conversation to fight for the title,” Gastelum, a rankings honorable mention, said during a recent media call. “That’s ultimately my goal. He’s ranked No. 2 (in the official UFC rankings), fresh off his title fight with ‘GSP.’ I feel like this is an even better fight for my career, and I expect it to be a tough fight.”

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The 38-year-old Bisping also sees the matchup as a positive.

“Obviously (UFC 217) didn’t go my way,” Bisping said of his title-losing defeat to Georges St-Pierre. “The best way to rectify that is to get straight back on the horse, so to speak, try to get back in the win column.”

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One of these men will leave China disappointed.

2. Different types of pressure

Li Jingliang

After a 2-2 start in the UFC, Jingliang (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has found his footing in the welterweight division. The 29-year-old has won his three most recent fights. He looks to end 2017 with an undefeated record. Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) wants to prevent that from happening.

Despite his winning streak, Jingliang faces pressure in this contest. Knowing the UFC likes to build fight cards around popular hometown fighters, a win in his home country could put the Jingliang in the running to headline the next event the promotion holds in China.

Ottow faces a different type of stress, the stress of fighting out his contract. The American is 2-1 in the UFC with a split-decision win in his most recent bout. And as we know, it’s always easier to negotiate after a victory.

3. High hopes

In February, the UFC released a video to announce the signing of the Wang Guan. That should give you an indication that the promotion has high expectations for the 31-year-old featherweight. Guan meets the more experienced Alex Caceres in his UFC debut.

Guan’s sole loss was a 2013 decision defeat at the hands of one-time WSOF bantamweight champion Bekbulat Magomedov. Unfortunately for him, Magomedov and Shane Young, who Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) bested in 2015, are the only name opponents on his record. Expect him to be very anxious to add Caceres’ (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) name to his list of 12-career finishes.

Caceres enters this tilt with a doctor-stoppage TKO win over Rolando Dy in his most recent outing.

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4. We’re throwing spinning … stuff

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia meets Wushu Sanda world champion Muslim Salikhov, who makes his UFC debut in China, in the main card opener.

Salikhov is a fighter to watch in the welterweight division. A devastating striker, the Dagestanian has 10 first-round knockout victories. His past four striking stoppages have all been spinning kicks with the most recent being a 93-second trouncing of Melvin Guillard. Salikhov’s only loss came in 2012 when he entered an MMA bout thinking it was a kickboxing match.

If Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) can get by Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who is coming off a decision loss to Tim Means, he could be an intriguing addition to the 170-pound division.

5. Rising prospect returns

Zabit Magomedsharipov

Zabit Magomedsharipov, a former ACB champion, made his UFC debut in September. The Dagestanian entered that contest with a lot of hype. The 26-year-old, who trains with Frankie Edgar, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza and Marlon Moraes, delivered a “Performance of the Night” winning submission stoppage of Mike Santiago. The victory was his ninth straight win.

A very athletic and flashy featherweight, Magomedsharipov is a well-rounded fighter with a deep well of unorthodox, and accurate, striking techniques. He looks like he could quickly develop into a contender at 145 pounds. Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets one-time WSOF bantamweight title challenger Sheymon Moraes (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Moraes hasn’t fought since June 2016 due to a contract impasse with the WSOF. He defeated Luis Palomino by decision in that bout. If the 27-year-old Brazilian has acquired even the slightest dusting of cage rust he could find himself in deep trouble.

6. A hard road

The first female Chinese fighter to sign with the UFC, Yan Xiaonan is unbeaten in her past six fights. Nicknamed “Fury,” Xiaonan lives up to that moniker. She is almost recklessly aggressive in her striking style.

Xiaonan (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has not fought for more than a year, faces Kailin Curran. The Hawaiian has struggled during her UFC run. Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) has only one win in six fights with the promotion. That victory came two years ago. She is currently on a three-fight losing skid.

The reason Curran remains employed by the UFC is due to her proclivity to put on entertaining fights. Expect this strawweight contest to fit that pattern.

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7. New guy, meet the newer guy

Bharat Khandare is the first Indian-born fighter to join the UFC. The former Super Fight League featherweight champion is an incredibly aggressive fighter with good strength. He’s also shown a heavy top game with powerful ground strikes. Khandare’s shortcomings are that he has a tendency to leave himself open for counterstrikes and he also telegraphs his takedowns. The 28-year-old recently came back from a break of nearly three years. He lost his return bout by first-round submission. The defeat ended his five-fight winning streak. Khandare has never left the second round.

Khandare (5-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces the more experienced Kenan Song (9-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in this bantamweight matchup. The 22-year-old, who is a late injury replacement, is sometimes overzealous in his striking, which might provide Khandare the opening he needs to get the fight to the mat. Yadong enters this contest on the strength of an April decision win.

8. Looking for a breakthrough

The heavyweight contest between Chase Sherman and Shamil Abdurakhimov features two fighters looking to establish a foothold in the division.

This battle is one of experience vs. potential. Abdurakhimov is a well-rounded fighter who has spent the majority of his 36 years competing in martial arts. A pro since 2008, he was close to a breakthrough in his most recent outing. Abdurakhimov (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) appeared to win the first three rounds of his UFC Fight Night 102 bout with Derrick Lewis before succumbing to strikes in the fourth stanza. Sherman’s (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) most recent outing, a decision win over Damian Grabowski was his best performance to date. The 28-year-old showed patience, poise and a nice assortment of strikes in that outing.

Don’t be surprised if the winner of this bout moves on to face a fighter in the bottom half of the rankings.

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9. Hoping for something better this time

Gina Mazany didn’t have much luck in her first UFC fight. She accepted a bout against Sara McMann on 16 days’ notice. She came in more than three pounds heavy for the bantamweight matchup. On fight night Mazany was unable to land a single strike before she tapped out at 1:14 of the first round. The loss was the first of her five-fight career.

Mazany does have three stoppage wins in her four victories, but it must be noted those four opponents combined for two victories.

Mazany’s opponent in this bantamweight bout, Yanan Wu (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), is eight years younger than Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), but has five more fights on her record. Her sole loss was a 2016 TKO at the hands of current Invicta FC bantamweight champion Yana Kunitskaya.

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10. Stay on the gas

Rolando Dy

Rolando Dy is better than his 0-2 record in the UFC suggests. A resilient fighter with a sound striking game, the 26-year-old struggles to stay active and keep the pressure on his opponent for prolonged periods. With his job possibly on the line, Dy can’t afford to lay back in the fight. (And it doesn’t help Dy missed the featherweight limit at Thursday’s weigh-ins, coming in at 148 pounds.)

Dy’s opponent, Wuliji Buren, makes his UFC debut in Shanghai. Buren (10-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has good wrestling and ground skills, but he hasn’t fought high-level competition. With that, it’s hard to get a read on just how well he’ll perform against Dy (8-6-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC), who has decent takedown defense.

Expect Dy to do everything in his power to keep this fight standing.

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

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Kailin Curran is 'good at losing,' but feels due for a win at UFC-Shanghai

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SHANGHAI – Kailin Curran is one of very few fighters on the UFC roster with a sub-.500 record. She’s not happy about it, but also won’t allow herself to be consumed by the negative results she’s experienced in recent years.

Curran’s (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) UFC record speaks for itself. She’s had some entertaining fights, but when it comes to winning, she hasn’t been producing. Curran is sitting on three straight losses as she enters Saturday’s strawweight bout with Yan Xiaonan (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Personally, Curran doesn’t think her record is an accurate reflection of her ability. She’s had some close fights along the way that, had they gone in her favor, would make things looks different. That wasn’t the case, though, and now Curran is entering UFC Fight Night 122 in search of a definitive outcome.

“I say this a lot: I got good at losing,” Curran told MMAjunkie. “My record doesn’t really show the kind of fighter I am. My record doesn’t show what I’m actually capable of. I was bummed for sure. I definitely thought I won (my last fight vs. Alexandra Albu at UFC 214). Sometimes judges see it with a different perspective and there’s nothing really I can do about that except for making sure going into this next fight I solidifying I’m going to win.

“Either I win by submission or ref’s stoppage. I really have to make it clear that I won. It was heartbreaking, but at the same time I was very happy with how I performed. I feel like I’ve come a long way from fighting Paige VanZant. It’s been a crazy journey, but I love it. I feel like I’m getting better every fight.”

Curran, admits the road to this point has been a rocky one. She’s had to deal with mental hurdles that would potentially break the spirit of other fighters, but not the Hawaiian. Curran was likely signed to the UFC far earlier than she should have been and has been forced to develop at the highest level of the sport.

At 26 and going into her 10th fight, Curran feels she’s coming into her own at this point. She hopes that translates with her performance against Xiaonan.

“It hasn’t been easy to stay positive,” Curran said. “My last two camps I’ve been very positive, though. There’s been a change in my attitude because there’s been times I wanted to give up and I’m just like, ‘I keep losing.’ But I just put winning in a different category now. That used to be my main priority. It’s funny because I’m basically winning. I have these little wins throughout the fights. I’m getting wins for myself personally, it’s just not on paper. I feel like a winner every time.”

Curran said there’s a lot of good signs for her going into UFC Fight Night 122. She’s getting a quick turnaround from her most recent bout at UFC 214 in July, got married a few weeks back and is on the same card as teammates and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Although Curran is open about how she learned to lose, that doesn’t mean she’s OK with it. The moment of glorious victory is the primary reason why many athletes compete in MMA, and after taking her lumps in recent years, Curran is ready to turn the tide back in her favor.

“Every fight is a must-win for me,” Curran said. I haven’t been as worried because I fee; like I’m due. It’s my time, I’m sorry. I’m winning this fight. There’s no way I’m going to lose. That’s how I feel going into this fight, to be honest. I don’t really have a thought in my mind I’m going to lose. If it happens, like I was saying earlier, I know how to lose, so it’s OK. I just don’t see me losing this fight. I work too hard. My last fight was so close. I can just taste victory. It’s right there.”

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

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UFC Fight Night 122 pre-event facts: How legendary is Michael Bisping? Just look at his resume

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The UFC makes its first stop in mainland China on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 122, which takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

After years of waiting to host an event in a major city in China, the organization brings a card that features a former champion in the main event. Ex-middleweight titleholder Michael Bisping (30-8 MMA, 20-8 UFC) makes a three-week turnaround from losing the title to Georges St-Pierre to take on “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in an important showdown.

There’s not much meat on the bone outside of the headliner, but 10 fighters are scheduled to make their octagon debut on the undercard, seven of which are from China. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s final November fight card, check below for 50 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 122.

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Main event

Michael Bisping

Bisping, 38, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

Bisping competes in his second UFC bout in a 21-day span. He lost the UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 earlier this month.

Bisping competes in his 29th UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. His 24th UFC middleweight fight also marks a new record for most in divisional history.

Bisping makes his 14th UFC main-event appearance (8-5 in previous headliners). He’s been main or co-main event in 22 of his 29 UFC appearances, including UFC Fight Night 122.

Bisping is the only fighter in UFC history to headline two cards in a one-month span.

Bisping has headlined UFC cards in seven different countries, most in company history.

Bisping’s total cage time of 6:03:03 in UFC competition is second most in company history behind Frankie Edgar (6:27:49). They’re the only two fighters with six-plus hours of octagon time.

Michael Bisping

Bisping’s 20 victories in UFC competition are tied with St-Pierre for most in company history.

Bisping’s 16 victories in UFC middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Bisping’s 10 knockout victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Vitor Belfort (12), Anthony Johnson (11) and Anderson Silva (11).

Bisping’s seven knockout victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Silva (eight).

Bisping’s seven stoppage victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Silva (11), Chris Leben (nine) and Nate Marquardt (nine).

Bisping’s 10 decision victories in UFC competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind St-Pierre (12), Diego Sanchez (11) and Gleison Tibau (11).

Bisping has landed 1,560 significant strikes in UFC competition, the most in company history.

Michael Bisping

Bisping is one of three fighters in UFC history to record 100 or more significant strikes in five separate bouts. T.J. Dillashaw and Joanna Jedrzejczyk also accomplished the feat.

Bisping’s 216 leg kicks landed in UFC middleweight competition are the most in divisional history.

Bisping’s five knockdowns landed from the clinch position in UFC competition are the second most in company history behind Silva (seven).

Bisping won the middleweight championship from Luke Rockhold at UFC 199 in his 26th UFC appearance, the latest into a career of any first-time titleholder in company history.

Bisping is one of six European-born champions in UFC history. He’s the only from England.

Bisping’s one of five fighters in UFC history to win “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series and an undisputed UFC title. Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and Carla Esparza also accomplished the feat.

Bisping is the only fighter in UFC history to win “TUF,” a UFC championship and make a successful title defense.

Kelvin Gastelum

Gastelum competes in his fourth career UFC main event. He’s 0-2 (with one no-contest) in previous headliners.

Gastelum is 1-1 (with one no-contest) since he moved up to the UFC middleweight division in December. He’s 3-1 (with one no-contest) in the organization at 185 pounds.

Gastelum has earned nine of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Gastelum has landed six knockdowns in his past five fights.

Co-main event

Li Jingliang’s (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) three-fight winning streak is the longest of his UFC career.

Jingliang has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.

Zak Ottow (15-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has earned his past three victories by decision after stopping his opponent in his first 12 career wins.

Remaining main card

Alex Caceres

Alex Caceres (13-10 MMA, 8-8 UFC) is 3-2 since he returned to the UFC featherweight division in January 2015. However, he’s just 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearances overall.

Caceres is one of three fighters in UFC/WEC bantamweight history to land 100 or more significant strikes in two different fights. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz also accomplished the feat.

Caceres’ submission of Sergio Pettis at the 4:39 mark of Round 3 at UFC on FOX 10 marked the second latest in a three-round UFC bantamweight fight. Only Bryan Caraway’s victory at the 4:44 mark of Round 3 at UFC 159 occurred later.

Caceres’ 12 submission attempts in UFC bantamweight competition are tied with Dillashaw for most in divisional history.

Wang Guan (16-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned all 12 of his career stoppage victories as a result of strikes.

Alex Garcia

Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has earned 11 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in Round 1.

Garcia has completed 20 takedowns in his past six UFC appearances.

Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut on a 10-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since December 2012.

Salikhov has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 10 of those finishes in Round 1.

Salikhov has earned his past two victories by first-round spinning hook kick knockout.

Preliminary card

Zabit Magomedsharipov (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) enters the event on a nine-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2013.

Magomedsharipov has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage.

Kenan Song (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut following a more than one-year layoff in a loss in his most recent bout at Road FC 34 in November 2016.

Kailin Curran

Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) competes in her seventh UFC strawweight bout, tied for the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (nine).

Curran’s three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since December 2015.

Curran’s five UFC losses are tied with Jessica Eye for most of any female in company history.

Xiaonan Yan (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is 4-0 (with one no-contest) since returning from a nearly five-year layoff in July 2015.

Chase Sherman (11-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has landed a combined 214 significant strikes in his past two UFC appearances.

Shamil Abdurakhimov (17-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has earned his past four victories by decision, the longest stretch of his career without a finish.

Wu Yana (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), 21, is the youngest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event.

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

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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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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UFC 214 results: Alexandra Albu brawls her way to win over Kailin Curran

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What Alexandra Albu lacked in strategic awareness she made up for in raw aggression against Kailin Curran.

While that approach got her face bloodied and bruised, it also got her a win on the scorecards, as Albu (3-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) outpointed Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) in an entertaining brawl to win a unanimous decision victory after three frantic rounds.

The strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FXX and a main card on pay-per-view.

Albu didn’t always make the smartest choices in this fight, but she did make them all with a fervent commitment, relying on her athleticism to get her out of a few jams against Curran. After a fast start that saw Albu charge forward behind some heavy combinations, she halted her own momentum by pulling guard in the first round, giving Curran a free chance to work from the top.

Albu would adjust somewhat in the second, taking Curran down and doing some work of her own from the top position, battering Curran with ground-and-pound and at one point shrugging off an illegal upkick that prompted a brief intervention from referee Herb Dean.

But after relying on her own explosive strength to pull her through early, Albu began to tire later in the round, giving Curran a chance to turn the tables in the third frame. A blistering combination of punches and kicks had Albu on the run early, and Curran got further help from some takedowns assisted by Albu’s own questionable choices.

That left Albu looking battered by the time the final horn sounded, but when it went to the judges all three had the fight for Albu by scores of 29-28, giving her a narrow victory in a frenzied contest.

With the win, Albu remains perfect as a professional in her young career. Curran has now lost three straight in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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