UFC 238 will act as the UFC Summer kickoff for pay-per-view events, and the Windy City will be getting a good one as another pivotal strawweight bout has been added as Felice Herrig and Yan Xiaonan face off.
Out of the UFC’s four women’s divisions, there is currently none that are richer with talent than their lightest, the 115-pound strawweight class.
The division has been a deep pool for quite some time now, but it wasn’t until this past year where things really started to heat up with the emergence of many new and exciting faces. One of those being China’s own Yan Xiaonan (10-1).
Xiaonan would arrive in the UFC in late 2017 when she picked up a dominant win over Kailin Curran before extending her current streak to three with two more solid victories in 2018.
The 29-year old hasn’t lost since her third professional bout and has established herself as one of the dangerous new wave fighters at 115 pounds. Alongside Weili Zhang, the pair are leading the charge for their country of China.
As for Zhang, she recently picked up the biggest win of her career when she defeated perennial top 10 strawweight, Tecia Torres at UFC 235. Thus catapulting herself right into the mix of top contenders. Now it’s Xiaonan’s turn to try and do the same.
Combate has reported that a bout between Xiaonan and the No. 12 ranked contender, Felice Herrig (14-8) is being finalized for UFC 238 in Chicago, Illinois on June 8.
For the veteran and fellow season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter alumni to Torres in Herrig, she will be looking to rebound after two consecutive losses to Cortney Casey and Michelle Waterson that halted her resurgent four-fight winning streak.
UFC 238 is still in the early building stages. But as of right now, it’s off to a good start. Check out what’s currently on tap below.
- Flyweight – 125lbs: (C)Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jessica Eye
- Strawweight – 115lbs: Tatiana Suarez vs. Nina Ansaroff
- Flyweight: Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood
- Heavyweight – 207-265lbs: Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov