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Harbin, China’s Song Yadong earns 5th UFC win, decisions Marlon Vera in Jacksonville, Florida

Marlon Vera, Song Yadong (©UFC)

Marlon Vera, Song Yadong (©UFC)

“The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China was one of the winners at “UFC on ESPN 8,” also known as “UFC Fight Night 172.” It was the Chinese mixed martial artist’s fifth victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC on ESPN 8” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 16, 2020. In the seventh bout of the evening, Song fought Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador in the featherweight division.

Dan Miragliotta served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the featherweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all saw it 29-28.

In the end, Miragliotta raised the hand of Song. The Harbin native was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

 

The UFC held “UFC on ESPN 8” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic while almost all major sports events were either cancelled or postponed. In the main event of the evening, Alistair “The Demolition Man” Overeem, 39, of Amsterdam, Netherlands knocked out Walt “The Big Ticket” Harris, 36, of Homewood, Alabama, USA in the heavyweight division.

Cortney “Cast Iron” Casey, 33, of Glendale, Arizona, USA and Miguel “Caramel Thunder” Baeza, 27, of Davie, Florida won the Performance of the Night bonuses, which were presented by HSS. Presented by Toyo Tires, the Fight of the Night was the featherweight bout between “The Terminator” Song Yadong (宋亚东), 22, of Harbin, Heilongjiang, China and Marlon “Chito” Vera, 27, of Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.

Winning at “UFC on ESPN 8” improved the professional MMA record of Song to 16 wins, 4 losses, 1 draw and 1 No Contest. He is now riding an eight-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Vera now has 17 wins, 1 losses and 1 draw. It was his fifth loss in the UFC.

Nine countries were represented at “UFC on ESPN 8” namely Brazil, China, Ecuador, Georgia, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland and the U.S. Song solely represented China while Vera was the only representative of Ecuador.

Born in Harbin on December 2, 1997, Song made his professional MMA debut in 2013 and his UFC debut in 2017. The first four opponents he defeated in the promotion were Bharat Khandare, Felipe Arantes, Vince Morales and Alejandro Perez.

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