A pair of rising UFC contenders delivered big performances at the UFC Apex as Song Yadong and Khalil Rountree made great strides in their respective weight classes at UFC Vegas 83 on Saturday night.
For a rising contender, the chance to headline a UFC Fight Night card can be cause for celebration. But, for Chinese bantamweight Song Yadong, his main event assignment at UFC Vegas 83 is tinged with a little disappointment.
The two bantamweight contenders set for action in the main event both made weight ahead of UFC Vegas 72, with Song Yadong and Ricky Simon both hitting the non-title bantamweight limit of 136 pounds for their five-round main event.
Former interim bantamweight title challenger Cory Sandhagen bounced back into winning form with a TKO finish of Song Yadong at UFC Vegas 60.
The bantamweight division will take centre stage on Saturday night as 135-pound contenders Cory Sandhagen and Song Yadong get set to face off in the main event of UFC Vegas 60 at the UFC Apex.
The final competition of a packed week of martial arts saw a collection of MMA stars and grappling aces take to the mat in a special team-based submission tournament as the UFC Fight Pass Invitational rounded off UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
Magomed Ankalaev extended his winning streak with victory over Thiago Santos to edge closer to a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC Fight Night 203.