With the departure of Mark Hunt from the UFC, a new era in Australian MMA has begun with several Aussies poised for a breakthrough year in 2019. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet 1 of the young lions looking to carry the torch for his home nation in the talent abundant featherweight division. A professional since September 2012 and representing City Kickboxing, 25-year-old Shane Young holds a 13-4 record in 17 career bouts as a professional comprised of six knockouts, four submissions and three decisions. Young has earned one Fight of the Night bonus during his tenure with the UFC so far.
In his MMA debut at ICNZ 18 Grassroots 4, he defeated Ray Karaitiana via TKO in round one. Young also defeated his next two opponents in Hayden Watt and Jiraya Fernandes. Then at XFC 22, he defeated Adrian Rodriguez via TKO in the third round. Young also defeated Julian Wallace via knockout in round one. He submitted Liucai Chi in the first round via rear naked choke. Young defeated his next three opponents that included victories over Rodolfo Marques and Siitia Leti. At Glory of Heros Rise of Heros 7, he tapped out China’s Zexian Jiang via rear naked choke in the first round. Young also submitted Bo Yan at WLF Wars 13.
In his second appearance with the UFC at UFN 132 in Singapore, Young defeated Rolando Dy via TKO in the second round. The victory earned him his sixth knockout win as a professional. Young also picked up his first Fight of the Night bonus in the process. For his third outing with the UFC at UFC 234, he faced Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series season one alumni Austin Arnett in his home nation of Australia and defeated him via unanimous decision to secure back to back victories with the UFC. At just 25 years of age and having a lethal skill set to accompany it, Australian MMA is in safe hands with this boomerang of a featherweight!