UFC Fight Night 188: Xiaonan vs Esparza 05/22/2021 Previews, Spread and Fight Analysis

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UFC Fight Night 188 Xiaonan vs Esparza 05-22-2021 Previews Spread and Fight Analysis

UFC Fight Night 188: Xiaonan vs Esparza 05/22/2021 – The Ultimate Fighting Championship is not yet done coming up with great fight cards and they will end the month with another exciting one. UFC Fight Night 188 is set to commence on  May 22 inside the closed-door location of the UFC Apex located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pay Per View and UFC Fight Pass are the best ways to enjoy the matches at home. Two bantamweights are set to clash with Rob Font taking on Cody Garbrandt as the winner earns a title shot. Co-headlining them is a women’s strawweight bout between Xiaonan Yan and Carla Esparza. It is forecasted in the best UFC match odds that Xiaonan Yan is going to win this fight against Carla Esparza. 

UFC Fight Night 188: Xiaonan vs Esparza 05/22/2021

When: Saturday, May 22, 7:00 PM ET
Where: UFC Apex, Las Vegas, Nevada
TV: Pay Per View
Stream: UFC Fight Pass

UFC Fight Night 188: Xiaonan vs Esparza 05/22/2021 Odds

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Fighter Odds Fighter Odds
Yan Xiaonan -125 Carla Esparza +105

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Yan Xiaonan

Yan Xiaonan is a 31-year-old female strawweight and she came all the way from Shenyang, Liaoning in mainland China. She has been representing and sharpening her skills at the China Top Team. Xiaonan stands at five-foot-five and she is known as “Fury” whenever she steps inside the MMA cage. She has only beaten once in 14 professional MMA fights. Eight of those wins came from decisions while five are knockouts. Since coming to the UFC in November 2017, she has not lost in six fights given to her. Her most recent win was with Claudia Gadhelha in UFC on ESPN 17 and that match ended in a unanimous decision.

Carla Esparza

Carla Esparza carries a very colorful nickname as the “Cookie Monster” and her hometown is located at Redondo Beach, California in the USA. She gets to represent Team Oyama in her matches. Esparza is just five-foot-one and she has been fighting comfortably at the women’s flyweight division. She has a professional fighting record of 17-6 and those victories are divided into ten decisions, four submissions, and three knockouts. This fighter is on a four-game winning streak and her most recent win was with Marina Rodriguez in UFC on ESPN 14 back in July 2020. That fight was close and ended in a split decision.

Xiaonan vs Esparza Betting Numbers

Record 13-1-0 17-6-0
Last Fight Win Win
Country China USA
Height 5’5″ 5’1″
Weight (lbs) 115 115
Reach (in) 63 63
Win by KO/TKO 38% 18%
Win by Submission 0% 24%
Decisions 62% 59%
Strikes landed per minute 6.42 2.29
Striking accuracy 42% 42%
Striking absorbed per minute 3.63 2.85
Striking defense 63% 53%
Takedown average 1.00 3.44
Takedown accuracy 75% 35%
Takedown defense 75% 48%
Submission average 0.00 0.30

Xiaonan vs Esparza Betting Picks

Xiaonan Yan is the third-ranked fighter in the women’s strawweight division and she is the best bet in the top ufc bookmaker to win over Carla Esparza. She should take the win through a judges’ decision and move on to a title fight.