Petr Yan

No Mercy

Russia

Drops split decision in title bout
BantamweightUFC
April 9, 2022
Yan failed in his quest to become the undisputed UFC Bantamweight Champion on Saturday, falling to Aljamain Sterling via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 47-48) at UFC 273 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Yan was quite upset with the decision, feeling he won three of the five rounds. He may have, and definitely won the last two, but Sterling's dominance in the second frame should have resulted in a 10-8 score despite the fact none of the three judges gave it to him. Petr was the more effective fighter for the duration of the bout, but Sterling had the biggest moments of the fight, that being dominating Yan on the mat in the middle frames. Yan deserves credit for continually pushing forward and remaining aggressive despite the fact Sterling attempted an ungodly 22 takedown attempts. He only landed two of them, but each one resulted in Yan spending the rest of that particular frame being controlled on the ground. Yan found himself a -450 favorite for this fight after dominating Sterling in the first fight between the two about 13 months ago, but the bottom line is that there is stunningly little separating these two competitors. Yan asked for an immediate rematch, but it's highly unlikely he'll be granted his wish. Petr is going to need to win a couple more fights to get another shot at UFC gold. Don't bet against him.
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Title shot pushed to April
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January 11, 2022
Yan will face Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title at UFC 273 on April 9, MMA reporter Ariel Helwani reports.
ANALYSIS
Sterling stole the title from Yan back in March of 2021, though Yan earned the interim title in October after Sterling withdrew from the rematch due to a neck injury. The rescheduled match between the pair was previously reported to be happening on March 5 but has apparently been pushed back by another month.
Sterling rematch confirmed
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January 7, 2022
Yan will fight Aljamain Sterling for the UFC Bantamweight Championship at UFC 272 on March 5, according to Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.
ANALYSIS
Yan and Sterling were supposed to have their second championship fight at UFC 267. The latter backed out after persisting complications concerning his neck. So instead, No Mercy fought Cory Sandhagen for an interim championship and won it by unanimous decision. Yan will try to become a two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion.
Two-time UFC bantamweight champ
BantamweightUFC
October 30, 2021
Yan became the new UFC interim Bantamweight Champion on Saturday, defeating Cory Sandhagen via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) at UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Yan continues to go about his business, putting forth stellar efforts against the very best the 135-pound division has to offer. It took him about a round or so to find his range in this one, as Sandhagen landed plenty of volume in Round 1. Yet, once Round 2 began, Yan took over and cruised the rest of the way. Yan has power, his boxing technique is exceptional, and he has a terrific chin. He can also grapple, although neither man landed a successful takedown here. The biggest strike of the fight was a third round knockdown for Yan. With Yan now the interim champion, he will battle Aljamain Sterling -- who Yan lost his undisputed belt to this past March via DQ -- in a unification bout. Yan was dominating that fight before the foolish foul that cost him his title. He's going to be a massive favorite over Sterling whenever the two get together for their rematch. Finally, to add to his stellar night, he'll take home an extra $50,000 after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Taking on Sandhagen
BantamweightUFC
September 28, 2021
Yan will now fight Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 on Oct. 30, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Yan's original opponent, Aljamain Sterling had with withdraw with a neck injury. Yan lost the UFC Bantamweight Championship due to an illegal knee back in early March to Sterling. That rematch could be rebooked at a later date, but in the interim Yan will look to beat Sandhagen who is coming off a split decision loss to TJ Dillashaw back in July.
Needs new opponent at UFC 267
BantamweightUFC
September 27, 2021
Yan is in need of a new opponent for UFC 267 on Fight Island following the withdrawal of Aljamain Sterling (neck), MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Yan was in domination mode during his March title fight against Sterling, but he connected with an illegal knee to a downed opponent in the fourth round, and Sterling was unable to continue. That resulted in a disqualification that awarded Sterling the belt. Nonetheless, oddsmakers seemed to have their minds made up regarding who the better fighter was that night, as Yan was set to enter this matchup as a betting favorite as high as (-300). Now, it appears the UFC is looking to find a replacement opponent and book an interim title fight, as Sterling is out indefinitely following complications resulting from a post-fight neck surgery. Potential names being tossed around include Cory Sandhagen and TJ Dillashaw.