Song Yadong has been fighting for such a long time that it’s easy to forget that he’s still just 24 years old. ‘The Kung Fu Monkey’ trains at Team Alpha Male under Urijah Faber and is widely viewed as one of China’s biggest talents and is on the path to become the first male Chinese UFC champion. Song began fighting professionally when he was just 16 and before joining the UFC has fought in ONE FC. At just 24, he’s creating ripples across the MMA world and also making ladies fall for his charming looks.
Song Yadong has an overall record of 19-6-1(NC) and a UFC record of 8-1-1 He is certainly a future star in the making, with 5 finishes in 10 fights, Song is on a 3-fight win streak and has worked his way to set up a fight against a top-five bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen. Song has a striking accuracy of 42% and a grappling accuracy of 87.
Song openly idolizes Urijah Faber who was himself a great contender in the lightweight and bantamweight divisions of the UFC. Song is majorly known for his unique fighting style and speed.
Song has defeated well-reputed names like Marlon Vera and former Bantamweight title challenger Marlon Moraes.S We know we can’t underestimate him with just one loss in his UFC career and wins against experienced fighters, we can very well be assured to see him achieve great things in the UFC sooner than later.
Why is Song Yadong the most exciting UFC prospect right now
Song’s explosive and fast-paced fighting style is what makes him a fan favorite. The future champ talk is something that Song handles by staying realistic. Success, he explained, comes “only from hard training,” so he “really doesn’t care too much about the attention or the people’s expectations.” Instead, he remains focused on his own training.
Song has been training with Team Alpha Male and lives in Sacramento part-time. Training with a legend like Urijah Faber told various media outlets, has made him “become a more well-rounded fighter.” Before training with Urijah,” explained Song Yadong, he was “more of a striker in MMA.” Which meant he “didn’t grapple much, didn’t wrestle much.” Now, he’s learning different techniques, strategies, and “a different approach in the fight from Urijah.”
Following the fast progressions made by song, a win against Cory Sandhagen could see him getting into the title contention sooner than we expect.