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

Shayilan Nuerdanbieke (沙依兰) is a professional mixed martial artist from Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, also known as Yili, in 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.


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

Nuerdanbieke trained to become a professional wrestler in his late teens. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. In 2015, he had a chance encounter with Conor McGregor.
  2. In 2016, he made his professional MMA debut. That year, he defeated four opponents namely Avzalbek Kuranbaev, Nuerjiang, Ting Gui Lang and Rodrigo Anraku.
  3. 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.
  4. He defeated seven opponents in 2017 namely Arthit Hanchana, Junkai Yang, David Muñoz, Stefan Pijuk, Leandro Rodrigues, Zack Shaw and Shunya Imai.
  5. In 2018, he defeated Yibugele in their rematch before losing to Ruslan Emilbek.
  6. 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.
  7. He defeated his WLF opponents Alexey Oleinik on January 3, 2020, Yibugele on May 22, 2020 and Huwanixi Wusikenbieke on August 21, 2020 then lost to Zhu Rong on September 25, 2020 also in WLF.
  8. When he made his Jue Cheng King debut on November 27, 2020, he defeated Bahetihan via unanimous decision in their rematch.
  9. On December 26, 2020, he earned his second JCK win by submitting Tanzhao Wang via rear-naked choke.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. On June 25, 2022, he defeated TJ Brown via unanimous decision at “UFC on ESPN 28” at the UFC Apex in Enterprise.
  13. He was 28 years old when he defeated Darrick Minner via technical knockout via elbows on November 5, 2022 at “UFC Vegas 64” at the UFC Apex in Enterprise, which improved his professional MMA record to 39 wins and 10 losses.

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