Watch: ‘Iron sharpens Iron’ – Flyweight contender training with ‘best boxer’ Petr Yan has fans in splits

UFC flyweight contender Muhammad Mokaev and former bantamweight champion Petr Yan trained together recently.


Watch: ‘Iron sharpens Iron’ – Flyweight contender training with ‘best boxer’ Petr Yan has fans in splits

Muhammad Mokaev trains with Petr Yan ( Image via X )

UFC flyweight contender Muhammad Mokaev recently uploaded a video on social media. It is a video of him training with the former UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan. However, the video had fans playfully ridiculing the duo.

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What seems to have gotten to netizens was the title Mokaev chose to write for the video. Mokaev credited Petr Yan as the best boxer in the 135lbs division in the UFC. This caught the eyes of netizens, who flocked to the comment section to tease and make fun of Mokaev. Meanwhile, Mokaev and Yan only did a conditioning drill during one of their training sessions.

Petr Yan has not won a fight since 2021. He lost to Aljamain Sterling, Sean O’Malley, and Merab Dvalishvili in the last three bouts. Yan will hope to bounce back in 2024 and once again contend for the title. On the other hand, Mokaev remains undefeated in his MMA career. He has good wrestling skills. If he can improve his striking skills, he could reign as the flyweight champion for a long time.

Petr Yan has an upcoming fight against Song Yadong at UFC 299. Yadong has become one of the best young fighters in the division. Hence, Yan could regain his confidence with a win over Yadong. On the other hand, Mokaev will fight former title challenger Alex Perez as he takes another step closer to a title shot.

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Fans react to Muhammad Mokaev’s training with Petr Yan

Muhammad Mokaev’s decision to accredit Petr Yan as ‘the best boxer in 135’ sparked many reactions among netizens. They took shots at Mokaev in the comments. There are fighters like Song Yadong and Sean O’Malley who have decent striking. In fact, Petr Yan did not engage in striking exchanges with O’Malley when they fought.

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Petr Yan winning the bantamweight title at UFC 251 ( Image via X )

Here are some of the reactions from X:

Muhammad Mokaev is currently undefeated in the UFC. He boasts a professional record of 11 wins and one no-contest. Mokaev recently highlighted his impressive 2023 campaign in the flyweight division on X. He also expressed his ambition to attempt a championship belt in 2024.

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