Petr Yan confidently accepts Marlon Vera’s call out on road to win back bantamweight title

Russian former champion Petr Yan accepts Marlon Vera's callout after latest win at UFC 299.


Petr Yan confidently accepts Marlon Vera’s call out on road to win back bantamweight title

Petr Yan on fighting Marlon Vera (Image via Imago)

Petr Yan recently talked about a potential fight with Marlon Vera. Chito is coming off a devastating loss to bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley at UFC 299. Yan gave an interview with a Russian sports page Sports.ru where he spoke about potentially fighting Vera later this year.

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The interviewer told Petr Yan that Vera had recently said that he would like to fight with him. Chito had said that he was ready to fight in November. The interviewer asked Yan for his response to the challenge.

Yes, I’ll be ready by November. Of course I agree. I'm taking him to a mixed martial arts school. You saw how Song Yadong showed his coolest boxing. Everything didn't go according to plan a little bit. For Vera, things won’t go according to plan either. One hundred percent.
Petr Yan viaSports.ru

Yan had recently said that he would like to have two more fights this year. However, after the injury from his last fight, this seems highly unlikely. When asked about it, the Russian said that he would proceed with whatever he had at the moment. Yan believed that October-November was a good time to fight. Unfortunately, he can only fight once more this year due to injury.

Petr Yan is a former UFC champion. After three consecutive losses, he finally managed to score a win over Song Yadong at UFC 299 in Miami. Yan won the fight via unanimous decision, though this came at its own cost. Yan got a torn ACL and meniscus. However, he underwent surgery last month and is swiftly recovering from his injury.

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Is former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan half-Chinese?

Russian UFC fighter Petr Yan has a mixed ethnic background because his father is half-Chinese and his mother is Russian. Yan’s paternal grandfather was Chinese and his paternal grandmother was Russian.

Petr Yan
Petr Yan (Via Bleacher Report)

‘No Mercy’ first trained at his local gym at the age of sixteen and went on to compete in his first amateur fight at age 21. In 2012, he joined the AKA Thailand gym and began to compete professionally in both MMA and kickboxing fights across Europe. His first MMA fight was at the Eurasian Fighting Championship – Baikal Fight in December 2014.

In 2015, Yan signed with the Russian promotion Absolute Championship Berkut, where he beat Renato Velame by unanimous decision. Yan made his UFC debut in 2018 and won seven consecutive fights before facing his first UFC loss in the form of disqualification against Aljamain Sterling which was in itself quite controversial.

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