Petr Yan explains fight delay

It was recently announced that due to “personal reasons” UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan‘s title defense vs. Aljamain Sterling was postponed from UFC 256 on December 12 to an undefined later date next year. During a recent Instagram chat, Yan detailed why his first title defense was delayed.

“Everything’s in force for the fight. It’s going to be postponed for about a month and a half, but everything’s in order,” said Yan, as translated by RT Sports. “There were different problems, with the flight, with the visa, during training I flew away for a visa deadline, lots of factors.  We decided with the team to move everything to next year, perhaps the card will be more suitable… Everything is good, training continues.”

“In the past, I could fly out to battle without thinking about anything, I could take risks. Now I need to do everything right, so that afterwards there won’t be any, ‘this wasn’t right, that wasn’t right’.”

“I see that I can beat him, it would be stupid not to believe in yourself. The fight will happen.” 

Yan won the vacant bantamweight belt by stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth at UFC 251 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi back on July 12. The 27-year-old Russian is on a ten-fight win streak, the last seven in the UFC. Sterling, 31, is on a five-fight wins steak, most recently submitting Cory Sandhagen in 88 seconds at UFC 250 on June 6.

With Yan vs. Sterling delayed in the UFC 256 co-main, and Amanda Nunes suffering an injury delaying her featherweight title defense vs. Megan Anderson in the main event also delayed until next year, the card will now be headlined by flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo defending his belt vs. Brandon Moreno. Despite losing the main and co-main and getting a new main that lacks star power, it is still a pretty terrific card.

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