Petr Yan is having such a hard time finding a bantamweight opponent for his next fight that he calls flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
With the majority of the top ten 135-pounders already lined up for fights over the next few months, Yan was left out. ‘No Mercy’ was champion until an illegal knee kick against Aljamain Sterling cost him his belt. He dropped a second interim belt to Sterling in their rematch a year later, and can’t find anyone to sign a contract to fight him.
With all these difficulties, he had to get creative. In a new Twitter post, he wrote:
“No one at 135 wants it… Figgy?”
Deiveson Figueiredo is in an interesting place of his own. The 125-pound champion has an injured hand, prompting the UFC to create an interim flyweight title fight at UFC 277 between Kai Kara France and Brandon Moreno. This upset Figueiredo so much that he said he might move up to bantamweight in response.
If Figueiredo moves up to 135 pounds, a fight with Petr Yan would definitely be a good way to get into immediate title contention. Yan is currently ranked No. 1 at bantamweight, just below champion Aljamain Sterling.
In time, the fight also makes sense. Yan said he was looking to fight around October which would give Figueiredo time to recover from his hand injury.
Petr Yan buries Henry Cejudo on social media for dodging him
One of the many fighters Yan called up for a fight was Henry Cejudo. Cejudo recently lost his retirement and returned to the USADA test squad with a fall return date in mind. It fit perfectly with Yan’s schedule, but unfortunately “Triple C” doesn’t seem interested in a fight anymore. He wrote:
“Only if you had the gold I wish I had buried. You should go back to Dagestan and learn more wrestling because you were beaten by the Division III All-American. It wouldn’t be smart to take an Olympic champion after what to lose. I’m after the gold, hoe.”
This led Petr Yan to respond:
“The truth is, you retired the day I became the number 1 contender and you didn’t retire the same day I stopped being the champion. Now you’re dodging me again to prove these facts.”
Even with his recent split decision loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273, Petr Yan is a scary man. It’s no shock at all that few UFC fighters are rushing to sign a contract to fight him.