UFC Fight Night: Vieira vs Tate aired live in Asia on Sunday, November 21 from UFC APEX in Las Vegas. The event was dominated by many grappling hot prospects who showed stunning technique and grinding power.
One of the prospect fighting on the prelims is China’s own UFC Academy graduate 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗻 gave an excellent account of himself in his second Octagon appearance against veteran Sean Soriano, his strong wrestling acumen on full display. Takedowns, control and ground strikes earned Shayilan the unanimous decision win, and he said,
“𝗙𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗙𝗖 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. 𝗙𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲, 𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝗲𝗳𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘁, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗲𝗮𝗻𝘀 𝘀𝗼 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘁𝗼 𝗺𝗲. 𝗜 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗜’𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗹𝗮𝗱 𝗜 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗻. 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮 𝗶𝘀 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗯𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗲, 𝗜’𝗺 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗲, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂’𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗦𝗵𝗮𝘆𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗻.”
Shayilan is a Chinese national from the minority Kazakh. At 27 he has already amassed a 20-7-0 MMA record. Shayilan said his people comes from warriors tribe that likes to fight. Historically they are great warriors on horseback & have a tradition of wrestling that is still very popular. Shayilan train in this form of wrestling since his teenage years and build a career as a wrestler.
What made him transition to MMA since five years ago was when he saw how successful Conor McGregor is. Shayilan began his MMA training at China Top Team in Beijing with the likes of former UFC lightweight Zhang Tiequan, as well as the first male Chinese fighter to break into a top-15 ranking in welterweight Li “The Leech” Jingliang (18-6), ranked 11, and the first Chinese woman the UFC ever signed in the third-ranked strawweight Yan “Fury” Xiaonan (13-1, one no contest).
He has since the last two years trains at UFC Performance Institute in Shanghai.