Song Yadong picked up a split decision win over Casey Kenny despite the displeasure of the audience with the decision from the judges, who preceded over the fight at UFC 265, which took place on Saturday night at the Toyota Centre in Houston.
The Bantamweight fight which served as the Main Card Opener saw Yadong (17-5-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC) defeat Casey Kenney (16-4-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC) with scores split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27). The main card was broadcasted on Pay-Per-View after Prelims on ESPN+.
Kenny was the aggressor throughout the fight but Yadong was able to tag Kenny consecutively with numerous telling counter strikes. Both fighters prefered fighting on their feet and in a distance but there was a little cage shuffle between the two while Yadong had his success during their time in close quartets.
Yadong was able to understand his range and used that distance to punch and kick Kenny, connecting the cleaner and harder punches in the fight. The fight was ended with both thinking they had won and Kenny jumped on the cage after Yadong was announced the winner to signal for support.
Yadong finds his way back on the win column, bouncing back from his unanimous decision loss to Kyler Philips back in March and in his last four outings, has been able to muster a 2-1-1 record.
Kenny, who came into the fight on the back of a split decision loss to former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz at UFC 259 back in March handed another loss and will have to wait much longer to get back on the win column.
Watch Full Fight Video Highlights Of Song Yadong’s Split Decision Win Over Casey Kenny At UFC 265