|Song Yadong Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 8 in|
|Date of Birth||December 2, 1997|
Song Yadong is a Chinese professional mixed martial artist who began competing in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in November 2017. He moved to the bantamweight division in his very next UFC bout in June 2018 and has competed in that division in the UFC after that except for one featherweight bout in May 2020. As of May 2023, Yadong had amassed a 9-2 win-loss record in the promotion and won 6 ‘UFC Bonus Awards’ – ‘Fight of the Night’ (Once) and ‘Performance of the Night’ (5 times). As of May 2023, he was ranked 8th in the UFC bantamweight rankings. Before joining UFC in November 2017, Yadong had put together an 11-5 win-loss record while competing in the bantamweight, featherweight, and lightweight divisions of promotions such as RUFF (May 2013-June 2014), ONE Fighting Championship (December 2014), WBK (April 2015), Road to M-1 (July 2015), WLF E.P.I.C. (January 2016-March 2016, July 2016-October 2016), MFP (May 2016), WLF W.A.R.S. (November 2016, October 2017), WLF World Championship (January 2017), and Kunlun Fight MMA (April 2017).
The Kung Fu Kid
Hulan, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Sacramento, California, United States
Professional Mixed Martial Artist
- Bantamweight (May 2013-December 2014, January 2016-March 2016, June 2018-December 2019, March 2021-Present)
- Featherweight (April 2015-July 2015, May 2016-April 2017, November 2017, May 2020)
- Lightweight (October 2017)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
5 ft 8 in or 173 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Yadong has dated –
- Daisy – Through his long-term marriage to a woman named Daisy, Yadong has a son (b. 2018).
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Chinese descent.
- Toned physique
- Side-cropped, spiked hair
- Cheerful smile
- Has a tattoo on his left thigh
Song Yadong Facts
- Yadong was raised by a single mother who realized his potential and enrolled him in a Sanda martial arts school when he was about 9 years old. Sanda is the official Chinese kickboxing full-contact combat sport. It was originally developed by the Chinese military based on the practices of traditional kung fu and modern combat fighting techniques.
- In 2011, he won the Hebei Provincial Sanda Championship in the 60 kg category. Hebei is a northern province of China and the country’s 6th most populous province. The same year, Yadong stood 5th in the National Muay Thai Championship. Muay Thai is a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
- He eventually transitioned to mixed martial arts and began getting trained in that code when he was 13 years old. Yadong’s progress was swift and he made his professional mixed martial arts debut in May 2013, about 7 months before his 16th birthday. Incredibly, that debut bantamweight bout was declared a ‘no contest’ during the 1st round after an accidental groin strike.
- A year before this, in 2012, he had finished in 4th place at the Shanghai Jiu-Jitsu Open. Jiu-Jitsu is a family of Japanese martial arts and a system of close combat (unarmed or with a minor weapon) that can be used defensively or offensively to subdue one or more weaponless or armed and armored opponents.
- In November 2017, Yadong made his UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) debut – in the featherweight division. He defeated the first-ever Indian-born fighter in the UFC and fellow debutant Baharat Kandare via submission (guillotine choke). For the bout, he also won his first UFC Bonus Award – ‘Performance of the Night’.
- As of May 2023, Yadong was tied for the 4th most knockout wins (5) in the history of the UFC‘s bantamweight division.
Featured Image by Song Yadong / Instagram