After being crowned the new Bantamweight champion in the UFC 256, Petr Yan he already has a rival for his first defense. It was Dana White who confirmed it on ‘Yahoo! Sports’, announcing the date, the place and the two fighters who will be in the co-star of the night. Thus, the president made official that the Russian will face the challenger Aljamain Sterling, ranked first at 135 pounds. This will be on December 12, in Las Vegas.
Petr Yan comes from destroying José Aldo in the middle of this 2020, where he himself won by technical knockout. The aforementioned was at UFC 251, an event in which the Russian was left with the category belt, which had been vacant since former champion Henry Cejudo retired. He remains undefeated in the leading Mixed Martial Arts company, after playing seven fights. Thus, this has a total of fifteen wins and only one loss.
For his part, the challenger, Aljamain Sterling. He is a clear contender for the division belt, having finished Cory Sandhagen in just ninety seconds. That was in June of this year, where he obtained his fifth consecutive victory in a very good way. Of course, in the last eight contests, the North American-Jamaican kept seven of them and lost one. Now, he seeks to dethrone the king of the Bantamweight.
The words of the challenger
“I do not know. I think we are figuring out the contract negotiations. You have to pay your son. I have to pay myself. I put in a lot of work. I’m the next guy in line. I understand what White is saying, if you don’t want to fight, COVID and the whole thing. You don’t fight, you don’t want to risk it, whatever. For me, I’ve already beaten COVID like 10 times, so I’m ready to fight. Just get in shape and I hope it’s in December, the first or second week, “he said a few days ago. Aljamain.
At the same time, Sterling He also commented: “I think there is still a respect factor there. I think he knows that I am a dangerous opponent, otherwise I would not be in Dagestan wrestling right now. It’s going to be a very interesting night. I want to see if he can make up that gap in the wrestling department and wrestling in a couple of months, so I think he’s taking me seriously. I’m taking it seriously, and I can’t wait for the opportunity.
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