Shayilan Nuerdanbieke biography: 13 things about UFC fighter from Yili, Xinjiang, China


Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (沙依兰) is a professional mixed martial artist from Xinjiang, China. His fight name is Wolverine.

By birth, Nuerdanbieke is part of the Kazakh minority. He is the first of his people to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Nuerdanbieke is 5’8″ tall and fights in the featherweight division. He trains at the China Top Team in Beijing, China.

Currently, Nuerdanbieke holds a professional MMA record of 20 wins and 7 losses. Here are 13 more things about him:


  1. He is from Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang. The prefecture is also known as Yili.
  2. In his late teens, he trained to become a professional wrestler.
  3. In 2015, he had a chance encounter with Conor McGregor.
  4. In 2016, he made his professional MMA debut. That year, he defeated four opponents namely Avzalbek Kuranbaev, Nuerjiang, Ting Gui Lang and Rodrigo Anraku.
  5. On March 11, 2017, he made his Wu Lin Feng debut at “WLF W.A.R.S. 12” in Zhengzhou, China. He was submitted via arm bar by Brian Tadeo, which marked his first professional MMA loss. He lost to two more opponents that year namely Nuerdebieke Bahetihan and Yibugele.
  6. He defeated seven opponents in 2017 namely Arthit Hanchana, Junkai Yang, David Muñoz, Stefan Pijuk, Leandro Rodrigues, Zack Shaw and Shunya Imai.
  7. In 2018, he defeated Yibugele in their rematch before losing to Ruslan Emilbek.
  8. In 2019, he started also training out of the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, China. That year, he lost to Alisson Barbosa before defeating Wilson Djavan and Kikadze Bondo.
  9. In 2020, he defeated three WLF opponents namely Alexey Oleinik, Yibugele and Huwanixi Wusikenbieke before losing to Zhu Rong also in WLF.
  10. When he made his Jue Cheng King debut on November 27, 2020, he defeated Bahetihan via unanimous decision in their rematch.
  11. On December 26, 2020, he earned his second JCK win by submitting Tanzhao Wang via rear-naked choke.
  12. On March 22, 2021, he made his UFC debut at “UFC Vegas 27” at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Las Vegas Valley, Clark County, Nevada, United States. He lost via unanimous decision to Joshua Culibao.
  13. On November 20, 2021, he defeated Sean Soriano via unanimous decision at “UFC Vegas 43” at the UFC Apex in Enterprise. It was his first UFC win.

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