Russian UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan has highlighted the problems behind the removal of his first defense of the title against Aljamain Sterling from the UFC 256 card on December 12th.
Yan was scheduled to make his first defense of the £ 135 title against Sterling at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas, but three weeks later it was reported that the fight would not take place on that date.
Speaking to fans on Instagram Live Monday, Yan said various factors had played a role in his preparations against American-Jamaican challenger Sterling.
“Everything is in place for the fight. It will be postponed for about a month and a half, but everything is fine,” said Yan.
“There were various problems with the flight, with the visa, during training I flew away for a visa period, many factors.
“We decided with the team to postpone everything until next year, maybe the card is more suitable …
“Everything is fine, the training continues.”
Yan added that he would have been willing to take more risks with his preparations beforehand, but that a fight of this magnitude deserves his full respect.
“In the past, I could fly into battle without thinking of anything, I could take risks,” he said.
“Now I have to do everything right so that there won’t be any more afterwards. That wasn’t right, that wasn’t right.”
The Siberian said he definitely still envisions holding the £ 135 belt if he hits Sterling.
“I see that I can hit him, it would be stupid not to believe in you. The fight will take place, ”said the man known as“ No Mercy ”.
On Sunday it was filtered out that the fight was removed from the UFC 256 card. Initial reports only stated that this was due to “personal reasons” for the Siberian fighter.
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The 27-year-old Russian won the vacant bantamweight crown by defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi in July, stopping the Brazilian legend in the fifth round.
Yan has been unbeaten in seven fights since joining the UFC in June 2018.
The 31 year old ‘Funk Master’ Sterling started his title shot with an impressive first-round win over competitor Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 in June and is in a hot run of five fights.