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Song Yadong ready to take the next challenge

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Fast-rising UFC bantamweight Song Yadong is ready to take the next big step of his young career.

From the beginning, Song Yadong believes that he is destined to become great inside the cage.

Song is among the leaders of UFC’s “China Power” movement, representing his country in MMA’s biggest stage. It was a far cry from his modest beginnings. And this weekend in Beijing, he continues to prove that he deserves the spotlight in Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first card in the Chinese capital.

But that doesn’t mean the road he took was easy.

In fact, knowing that fighting is the path that he has chosen at such a young age, Song did whatever means necessary to survive the grind. It included living in a monastery, taking odd jobs and even using a fake ID just to compete. While these didn’t necessarily result in victories to his favor, this taught him valuable lessons along the way.

“My past experience only made me stronger and tougher.” Song shares with RealFight PH, “I’m not surprised to be in here in the UFC because I’ve worked for this since I was young. I just do my best inside the cage.”

The 20-year old returns to the Octagon with a two-fight winning streak under his belt. Both his prior fights were won in an emphatic manner, making him a huge favorite among his compatriots. Song credits UFC Hall of Famer and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber behind his continuous improvement.

According to him, Faber was instrumental in his growth. He was the one who inspired him to never settle in spite of his early success in the UFC. With that, he remains grateful to “The California Kid”.

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“I really did appreciate what Urijah Faber did on me. He’s not just a coach but a mentor for me. Every day after training, he motivates us and points out whatever aspects of our game that we can work on. This motivates me to become better the next day and work even harder.”

“It makes me always think that I have to improve myself day by day and I really appreciate what Urijah Faber and Team Alpha Male do to me and I treat them as family.”

As more people would watch his fight closely this weekend, Song understands what another victory would mean for him as well as for his country. Rather be pressured, Song is ready to take the challenge. For him, this has been the moments he’s worked for all these years.

“Of course, I feel a little bit pressure because Chinese fans have very high expectations on us. But for me, I don’t care. I’ve trained very hard to get to this.”

Song adds, “That’s why I’m confident to accept this challenge.”

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