Petr Yan Issues A Dare & New Nickname For “Sugar” Sean O’Malley

Petr Yan has sent a message to Sean O’Malley ahead of UFC 276 this weekend. At UFC 276, Sean O’Malley will face the man who has been widely considered to be the toughest challenge of his young career. Of course, Marlon “Chito” V…

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TJ Dillashaw Names Petr Yan’s ‘Big’ Mistakes Against Aljamain Sterling

TJ Dillashaw believes Petr Yan made some “big” mistakes against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 this past April. Initially, Sterling won the UFC bantamweight title from Yan at UFC 259 in March of 2021. Sterling was hit with an illegal knee from Yan, which rendered Sterling seemingly unable to continue, winning him the title via…

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TJ Dillashaw believes Petr Yan made some “big” mistakes against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 this past April.

Initially, Sterling won the UFC bantamweight title from Yan at UFC 259 in March of 2021. Sterling was hit with an illegal knee from Yan, which rendered Sterling seemingly unable to continue, winning him the title via disqualification.

They finally rematched last month, after Yan had captured an interim bantamweight title, unifying their championships. Sterling wound up taking the contest via split decision.

Speaking to Submission Radio, the former bantamweight champion Dillashaw offered his take on the matchup, as he journeys back to the 135-pound title himself.

Dillashaw pointed out some “big” mistakes made by Yan in the matchup, who he was picking to win the fight head of the event.

“I definitely expected Yan to win… Yan made some big mistakes and showed a lot of holes in his game. It was crazy to me that he could not get out of the body triangle, going in the wrong direction, and pretty much just focusing on not getting finished rather than winning.

“He was playing the long game, which he always does. He did that in the first round, too. He started slow… Aljamain was the only guy who really landed anything.

UFC 273 Results: Aljamain Sterling Takes Split Decision Over Yan

“Then the next two rounds, we all know what happened, Aljamain was a backpack on him for eight minutes. The only two takedowns he got, Yan gave up his back. Like, you know the guy, his strongest suit in martial arts is him on the back. He’s not a finisher, he’s not dangerous on the feet, so you just can’t let him take your back.

“His coaches were even telling him, ‘Don’t give up your back.’ First thing he did, even after the second round going into the third, right away gave up his back again. (He had) some brain farts on that.”

Dillashaw has ended a two-year suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). His return was successful with a split decision win over Cory Sandhagen in July of last year.

Reportedly, Dillashaw is expected to be the next challenger to Sterling’s bantamweight championship at UFC 279 this September. Perhaps this would serve as an opportunity for Dillashaw to show Yan how it’s done.

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Petr Yan Calls Out Deiveson Figueiredo After Claiming No One Wants To Fight Him At Bantamweight

Petr YanPetr Yan has shifted his focus onto Flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, after no one submitted a challenge to fight him in the bantamweight division. The former bantamweight champion, Yan, is looking to fight someone at this point. While it is true that most of the bantamweight division is tied up at the moment, Figueiredo is […]

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Petr Yan has shifted his focus onto Flyweight champ Deiveson Figueiredo, after no one submitted a challenge to fight him in the bantamweight division.

The former bantamweight champion, Yan, is looking to fight someone at this point. While it is true that most of the bantamweight division is tied up at the moment, Figueiredo is out at the moment as well with an injury. In fact, him being out has caused the UFC to make an interim title fight between Kai Kara-France and Brandon Moreno. With that happening, the next fight for Figueiredo would have to be against the winner of that bout to unify the championships.

Petr Yan took to Twitter to call out the bantamweight division and the flyweight champ

“This fall anyone from top of the division can get it” Yan tweeted out.

He then followed that tweet up with another one calling out Figueiredo, after no one accepted his challenge.

“No one at 135 wants it… Figgy?”

It is sure that Yan is having a hard time finding someone to face, that will put him back in the title picture soon. Aljamain Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw looks to be the next championship bout, while other contenders like Marlon Vera and Jose Aldo are facing off against lower ranked opponents in Dominick Cruz and Merab Dvalishvili. Corey Sandhagen even has a matchup booked with Song Ya Dong, leaving the number one ranked Yan no one tonight in the top 5.

For Yan to accept a fight with someone outside the top five would be a real stretch and additionally, most of those fighters have bouts this summer as well. Yan is unfortunately in a strange limbo, without anyone to truly fight. He may have to wait until the end of Fall to get a bout.

Who would you like to see Yan fight next?

Petr Yan Calls Out Deiveson Figueiredo For Fall Showdown

Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is targeting a return to the Octagon this fall, potentially against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo. Yan most recently lost to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 via a split decision. This came after their first matchup at UFC 259 in which Yan lost the title via disqualification due to an…

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is targeting a return to the Octagon this fall, potentially against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.

Yan most recently lost to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 via a split decision. This came after their first matchup at UFC 259 in which Yan lost the title via disqualification due to an illegal knee.

Figueiredo regained the flyweight throne with a unanimous decision win over Brandon Moreno at UFC 270 earlier this year. He’s been unhappy recently after the UFC booked an interim flyweight title bout between Moreno and Kai Kara-France and has threatened to leave the division.

This could potentially open the door to a fight between Yan and Figueiredo. In a recent tweet, Yan pitched the matchup.

“No one at 135 wants it… Figgy?” Yan tweeted on Thursday.

Figueiredo has had issues cutting down to 125lbs but seemed to reverse this trend ahead of his trilogy with Moreno. He has fought at flyweight for the entirety of his career in the cage.

Before his two losses to Sterling, Yan earned the then-vacant bantamweight title against José Aldo at UFC 251. Between his defeats to Sterling, he earned the interim bantamweight title over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267.

If Figueiredo is set on a move to bantamweight amidst the interim title drama, a fight with Yan could make a lot of sense. For Yan, a win over Figueiredo would almost guarantee him another title shot for his next outing.

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Henry Cejudo Shuts Down Talks Of Fighting Petr Yan: “I’m After Gold H*e”

Petr Yan, Henry CejudoHenry Cejudo has his eyes set on Aljamain Sterling and refuses to consider Petr Yan for his next fight. Former UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo wants a shot at the bantamweight gold. Having retired after his most recent outing against Dominick Cruz in May 2020, ‘The Messenger’ has remained out of action for more than […]

Petr Yan, Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo has his eyes set on Aljamain Sterling and refuses to consider Petr Yan for his next fight.

Former UFC two-division champion Henry Cejudo wants a shot at the bantamweight gold. Having retired after his most recent outing against Dominick Cruz in May 2020, ‘The Messenger’ has remained out of action for more than two years. Cejudo managed to keep himself relevant as he coached other athletes at the highest level.

Cejudo had been talking about coming back to fighting ever since retirement but made it official after re-entering the USADA testing pool. He shared a photo from a meeting with UFC matchmakers Hunter Campbell and Sean Shelby teasing his return to be against the reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.

Henry Cejudo is only interested in a title shot

Petr Yan, a former interim title holder, was considered to be the top dog in the division before Sterling handed him a second defeat and unified the titles. After Yan heard about ‘Triple C’ targeting Sterling for his next bout, he took to Twitter to fire shots at Cejudo alleging that he’s ducking him.

“Hey Henry Cejudo, you talked a lot when you were ‘retired’. Now it’s time to back it up!”

Cejudo wasted no time in letting Yan know that he is not interested in competing against contenders.

“Only if you had the gold I would have loved to have buried You should go back to Dagestan and learned more wrestling because you got outwrestled by Division III all American. That wouldn’t be smart of you taking an Olympic champ after that lose. I’m after Gold hoe #Bendthekne

In a follow-up tweet, Yan responded to Cejudo by reinforcing his argument.

“The truth is you retired the day I became No. 1 contender and unretired on the same day I ceased to be the champion. Now you are ducking me again only proving those facts.”

Sterling was matched up to face TJ Dillashaw in his next fight. However, his intentions to pen a new deal with an increase in pay might throw a wrench in Cejudo’s plans.

Petr Yan & Henry Cejudo Exchange Words After Brazen Callout

Several matchups between top bantamweights have been announced in the last few weeks, but Petr Yan appears focused on someone outside of the current UFC rankings. Following his loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273, Yan took to Twitter to call out the former bantamweight champion that preceded his own brief title reign. “Hey Henry…

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Several matchups between top bantamweights have been announced in the last few weeks, but Petr Yan appears focused on someone outside of the current UFC rankings.

Following his loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273, Yan took to Twitter to call out the former bantamweight champion that preceded his own brief title reign.

“Hey Henry Cejudo you talked a lot when you were ‘retired’. Now it’s time to back it up!”

“The Messenger” has never been shy about engaging on social media, so it’s no surprise that he quickly responded to the call out.

“Only if you had the gold I would have loved to have buried. You should go back to Dagestan and learned more wrestling because you got outwrestled by Division III all American. That wouldn’t be smart of you taking an Olympic champ after that loss. I’m after gold hoe #bendthekne”

Yan fired back by implying that Cejudo, who retired after defeating Dominick Cruz in a bantamweight title defense in 2020, left the sport just as “No Mercy” entered title contention.

“The truth is you retired the day I became number 1 contender and unretired on the same day I ceased to be the champion. Now you ducking me again only proving those facts”

Cejudo took the opportunity to not only criticize Yan, but also take a stab at current bantamweight champion Sterling.

“And you lost to ALJOLAME twice. Do you think the Olympic champ 2 eivision UFC is going to play with sorry ass contender. Your fat ass bold manager is going to get your hurt. I’ll give you 20% off if you subscribe to my technique of the week. You know I’m getting the title shoot next”

The 35-year-old Cejudo won the UFC flyweight belt in 2018 and defended it once before making a run at the vacant bantamweight title. He won that belt as well and made one successful title defense before retiring due to an apparent disagreement with what the UFC was paying him.

The Olympic gold medalist recently re-entered the USADA testing pool, which has naturally inspired discussion of a return to the cage.

Yan defeated José Aldo in 2020 for the bantamweight title Cejudo had vacated, but his first title defense ended in controversy when he illegally kneed challenger Aljamain Sterling and was disqualified. A victory over Cory Sandhagen secured an interim belt and title shot, but the 29-year-old ended up losing a split-decision in his rematch with Sterling at UFC 273.

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