Over the last few weeks, top bantamweight contender Petr Yan has repeatedly called out for a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo. But the bantamweight champion doesn’t seem too interested as he wants to fight former featherweight champion Jose Aldo in Rio next year.
Last week, Henry Cejudo was stripped of his UFC flyweight title which he won back in 2018 at UFC 227 when he defeated pound-for-pound great Demetrious Johnson via decision.
Since then, he only defended it once against TJ Dillashaw. He knocked out Dillashaw in the first round. Following his victory over Dillashaw, he fought Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 238. Cejudo knocked out Moraes to become ‘double champ’.
Now both Petr Yan and Henry Cejudo have gotten themselves involved in
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 27, 2019
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) December 28, 2019
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 28, 2019
Earlier this week in an interview, Yan revealed that UFC allowing Cejudo to defend his title against Aldo will be bad for the sport.
“I lost all respect for Cejudo. He doesn’t want to defend his belt against a real number one contender,” Petr Yan said to BJPENN.com in a recent interview. “He wants to fight someone with zero wins in 135 division and on a two-fight losing streak, and far from the peak of his career. UFC shouldn’t support this behaviour if they want to keep any significance to that belt. Honestly, it will be bad for the sport.”
“He is a triple clown who is trying to turn our sport into a circus. He knows I’m a terrible matchup for him,” he explained. “That’s why he is trying to avoid fighting me.”
However, Petr Yan made it clear that if he is not offered the Cejudo fight next, he is fine with taking another fight.
“I love to fight and I’m willing to fight anyone deserving. It doesn’t matter if I have to clean out division before or after I win the belt,” Yan said. “One thing you can know for sure, I’m not gonna ask for someone who just lost the fight.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)