Road to UFC 3: Episode 2 Breakdown and Predictions

Xie Bin ONE Championship back for Road to UFC 3
Xie Bin Credit: ONE Championship

The Road to UFC tournament is returning this month, with fighters from around Asia in four different weight classes vying for contracts with the UFC. This time out, women’s strawweight is in the mix, replacing the lightweight division on the men’s side. Flyweight, bantamweight, and featherweight remain as part of Road to UFC 3, with featherweights and women’s strawweights continuing their journey in the second episode, which arrives on May 18, 2024 at the UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai, China.

We’ve got all the talent on the upcoming season scouted — here’s a look!

Featherweight, Xie Bin Vs. Yibugele

Tale of the Tape

Xie Bin
Tianjin, China
Combined opponent’s record: 57-31-3
Jiangsu, China
24-12-1, 1 NC
Combined opponent’s record: 157-114-11

Pros and Cons

Xie Bin


  • Submission threat/Excellent d’arce choke
  • Fights long well
  • Good wrestling
  • Good ground and pound
  • Dangerous jumping knee
  • Solid jiu-jitsu
  • Long jab


  • TDD needs work
  • Loose in positions
  • Easy to get hit
  • Sloppy at times


  • Good footwork
  • Precise
  • Good takedown defense
  • Dictates the pace
  • Good left hand


  • Questionable chin
  • Vulnerable when rushing forwards
  • Hands low

Prediction: The UFC brass obviously wants Bin in the UFC. He fought on the Contender Series and lost and then on Road to UFC Season 1 and he lost there as well. Now he’s back to take away a spot someone else deserved more.

Yibugele is also another returning contestant but he’s coming in on short notice. Bin struggles badly against even mid-tier guys but with Yibugele that’s the level of guys he’s been beating. Bin should have this fight covered everywhere but it’s tough to feel confident in him.