Petr Yan calls for new opponent at UFC 267

Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Petr Yan of Russia punches Aljamain Sterling in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Petr Yan of Russia punches Aljamain Sterling in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Bottari/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Petr Yan wants a new opponent named — quickly — to fight at UFC 267 on Oct. 30 after defending champion Aljamain Sterling was forced to pull out.

Sterling was set to defend his bantamweight title but wasn’t given the go-ahead from doctors after neck surgery.

Yan (15-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said he intends to fight in Abu Dhabi that day regardless.

“You all know what’s just happened to my fight,” Yan said in a video that was posted to social media, translated by RT Sport in Russia. “You all know that Aljo just ran away like a sneaky coward. Here is what I would like to say: I am not going to sit and wait for him. I am going to fight on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi, and I would like to address the UFC. UFC, give me any fighter. Top five, top seven, top 10, anyone who deserves to fight for the belt, and I will get the job done. I’ll show you here who really is champ.”

Sterling won the UFC title in a bout with Yan at UFC 259 in March when the Russian was disqualified for throwing an illegal knee. Sterling had the surgery a month later for lingering issues not related to the March bout.

UFC is mulling creating an interim title fight for Yan and a to-be-determined opponent, per reports, which listed Cory Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) as the frontrunner to step in.

–Field Level Media