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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