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Women's Flyweight Division

Not Fighting

"The Shanimal"

Shanna Young

Women's Flyweight Division

9-6-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission

Shanna Young

athlete record


Learn more about Shanna Young's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Not Fighting
Place of Birth
Salem, United States
Trains at
Syndicate MMA
Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jun. 12, 2024
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2015
  • Three wins by KO, two by submission (RNC, mounted triangle)
  • One first round finish
  • Went 1-1 in Invicta’s Phoenix series on 9/6/19
  • Has won five of her last ten
  • Won five round decision over Invicta FC star Pam Sorenson in 2016
  • My training partners at my first gym used to call me a “beast” and “animal” and then one day one of the guys started calling me a Shanimal

UFC Fight Night (11/5/22) Young lost a three round unanimous decision to Miranda Maverick 

UFC on ESPN (4/30/22) Young stopped Gina Mazany via strikes at 3:11 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (10/2/21) Young was stopped by Stephanie Egger via strikes at 2:22 of the second round

UFC Fight Night (2/15/20) Young lost a three round unanimous decision to Macy Chiasson


Dana White's Contender Series, Season 3

Episode eight (8/13/19) Young was submitted by Sarah Alpar via rear naked choke at 2:55 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting?  I took karate as a kid and later wrestled in high school.  The two came together for me as MMA was gaining popularity and I took my first fight in 2007 at the age of 16.

What ranks and titles have you held? BJJ blue belt, karate black belt, King of the Cage bantamweight champ

Do you have any heroes? My family, my teammates and coaches - all the people who have been a part of my journey and assisted me in any way.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? The culmination of a lifetime of goals…

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? Yes, I went to King College and wrestled on their first ever all-women’s wrestling team.  Later when I found an MMA gym, I transferred to East Tennessee State University and graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in exercise science.

What was your job before you started fighting? I have always held jobs to supplement my training.  I worked nights as a CNA for several years, then after I graduated from college I held a few jobs as a tech in physical therapy clinics and as a personal trainer.  I even had a brief spell in construction.   

Favorite grappling technique: Triangle

Favorite striking technique: All of them