“You have good eyes brother” – Petr Yan surprised as Alexander Volkanovski spots Russian fighting through injured leg at UFC 299

Petr Yan praises former featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski for noticing his leg injury when others did not notice.


“You have good eyes brother” – Petr Yan surprised as Alexander Volkanovski spots Russian fighting through injured leg at UFC 299

Alexander Volkanovski notices Petr Yan's leg injury at UFC 299 bout (via Imago)

Petr Yan recently put on a show at his UFC 299 bout against Song Yadong. He overcame a potential leg injury to secure a hard-fought victory at UFC 299. The former bantamweight champion’s resilience did not go unnoticed. Former featherweight king Alexander Volkanovski took to social media to commend Yan’s impressive performance.

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Alexander Volkanovski has a keen eye for techniques and the fighter mentality in the octagon. He observed that Yan sustained a leg injury in the very first round. The Russian fighter refused to let his injuries stop him. He dug deep to rally in the last rounds, eventually winning by unanimous decision. Volkanovski stated this:

[Petr Yan] hurt his leg in the 1st round and came back to win last two rounds.
Alexander Volkanovski via X

In the first round of the fight, both fighters played a careful chess match. They both looked for openings. However, they stayed cautious of the other’s weapons. Yan’s leg seemed injured during this exchange.

Yan’s victory over Song Yadong became an important career moment. It ended his three-fight losing skid. Critics had thrown a question on his future in the bantamweight class. Petr Yan proved them wrong and demonstrated the perseverance that carried him to the top.

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Petr Yan admires Alexander Volkanovski’s observant eye

Petr Yan’s resilience in the face of adversity was truly remarkable. The Russian fighter suffered a leg injury during his UFC 299 bout against the elite striker in Song Yadong. Yan refused to surrender and battled through the pain. His tenacity caught the eye of fellow UFC star Alexander Volkanovski.

Petr Yan praises Alexander Volkanovski for noticing his leg injury against Song Yadong
Petr Yan praises Alexander Volkanovski for noticing his leg injury against Song Yadong (via MMA Fighting)

Volkanovski took to social media and highlighted Yan’s injury. The Russian fighter graciously acknowledged Volkanovski’s sharp eye. He expressed astonishment that his injury had escaped notice. Yet, Volkanovski, a fellow combatant, spotted the issue with ease. This is what Yan said:

You have good eyes brother.
Petr Yan replying to Alexander Volkanovski’s post on X

Petr Yan’s refusal to surrender despite his injury exemplified this mental fortitude. His ability to adapt and deny his opponent opportunities was remarkable. This exchange underscored the camaraderie and mutual respect within the MMA community. Fighters understand the immense challenges and sacrifices involved in competing. Yan’s performance served as a stark reminder of this reality.

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