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UFC rankings: Yan Xiaonan moves up to No. 5 with weekend win over Mackenzie Dern

Yan moves past Dern after narrow victory at UFC Fight Night 211.

With a hard-fought victory at this past weekend's UFC Fight Night 211, Yan Xiaonan was rewarded with a slight move up the promotion's official strawweight rankings.

In the latest official rankings, Yan (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) moves just past the women she beat by majority decision, Mackenzie Dern (12-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), settling into the No. 5 slot, leaving her in prime position to book a marquee matchup in her next outing. 

Reigning champ Carl Esparza is slated to take on the No. 2-ranked former champ Zhang Weili at UFC 281 on Nov. 12.

The latest official strawweight rankings are listed below. Check out the full updated rankings at

UFC strawweight champion: Carla Esparza

  1. Rose Namajunas
  2. Zhang Weili
  3. Marina Rodriguez
  4. Jessica Andrade
  5. Yan Xiaonan +1
  6. Mackenzie Dern -1
  7. Amanda Lemos +1
  8. Tecia Torres
  9. Amanda Ribas
  10. Virna Jandiroba
  11. Michelle Waterson-Gomez
  12. Angela Hill
  13. Emily Ducote
  14. Luana Pinheiro
  15. Jessica Penne