Petr Yan will fight against Cory Sandhagen for the interim 135-pound title this Saturday at UFC 267 having lost the world title to Aljamain Sterling in his previous fight. Actually both were going to have a rematch in this same event but the champion had to leave due to injury. The winner of this new confrontation will also be the next contender for the championship, although it will be necessary to see what happens with TJ Dillashaw.
Petr Yan to fight this Saturday at UFC 267
But the native of Dudinka, Russia, He does not understand interim titles and ensures that he will show who is the true champion of the division. It is an interesting time to remember that Dillashaw said not long ago that Yan was never the real bantamweight monarch, pointing out that he never lost the championship but was stripped of him when in 2019 he tested positive for doping. The Russian does not answer him directly now, but below we see what he said to BJPenn.com:
“Yes, I think this should be for the vacant title, there is nothing provisional about this belt. Sterling knew he was not going to be able to fight in October. But, even so, since April he said that he would do it so that he would not be stripped. He signed the agreement, but he was never going to show up.
«If he was honest with the UFC up front, he could have fought for the belt in July or August.. Then I defend him in October while he recovers. Now you say it takes 12 to 18 months to recover, didn’t you know when the surgery was done?
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