What Does Petr Yan Think About Jose Aldo Getting A UFC Bantamweight Title Shot?
A rising star, Petr Yan has a chance to prove himself against a veteran in Jose Aldo. A true bantamweight, however, is Yan too much for the featherweight in Jose Aldo to handle?
In the co-main event of UFC 251 on July 11, Yan (14-1) faces off against Aldo (28-6) for the vacant UFC Bantamweight Title. Ranked third in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, Yan is ready to prove he is the chosen one. While in conversations to earn a shot at the title, Yan’s chances increased once Henry Cejudo retired and relinquished the belt.
Yan was passed over when Cejudo fought Dominick Cruz at UFC 249. Cruz was a replacement for Aldo, who despite losing his bantamweight debut against Marlon Moraes, earned a shot at the title. Now, Aldo, ranked sixth, once again gets a shot. Yan believes the 33-year-old is still a good challenge for him.
“Yeah, I think he deserves to fight for the title,” Yan stated to MMA Junkie. “He’s been promised a title shot before. He’s still very dangerous. Obviously, he’s still very famous – a legend of the sport. So it’s going to be a very interesting fight.”
Yan made his UFC debut in 2018. With three wins via knockout, “No Mercy” has impressed every chance he can get. Winning three fights in 2019, Yan’s last fight was a KO-win over Urijah Faber at UFC 245 in December.
Aldo made his MMA debut in 2004. After losing his eighth pro fight, Aldo went on an 18-fight win streak. Winning the WEC Featherweight Title, Aldo joined the UFC in 2011 and defended the UFC Featherweight Title seven times. After losing to Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in 2015, Aldo has gone 4-3 in his last seven fights. On a two-fight losing streak, the former featherweight king is still trying to make his way back to the top.
The 27-year-old Yan gave his thoughts on Cruz getting a title shot, stating active and more deserving fighters should fight for a title. Considering Aldo has been active, and looking at who he is as a fighter, Yan welcomes the challenge with open arms.
“Aldo is a legend of this sport and he’s been on the top level for a long time,” Yan told Yahoo Sports. “He is a versatile fighter. He’s dangerous. I don’t think of him or look at him as old. He is here because he deserves it and my goal is to win the championship. I wanted to fight [Cejudo], but he ran away.
UFC 251 on “Fight Island” will be held on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. FIGHT SPORTS will be providing coverage of the event, with the main card set for 10 p.m. ET.