UFC 256 has lost another title fight, this time between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling.
UFC 256 is scheduled to happen on December 12th and will be the last Pay Per View of the year. The card has already seen a lot of fights canceled, starting from Kamaru Usman vs Gilbert Burns being pulled out from the main event. Amanda Nunes also pulled out of her fight against Megan Anderson. While the Bantamweight title fight between Petr Yan and Aljo was here to save the day, that too has been canceled.
Although no official statement has been made by Petr Yan regarding why he had to pull out, RTSportsNews reported that the fight has not been canceled due to an injury, but due to Visa issues faced by Yan.
However, there is still some hope that the card will do well, given the quick turnaround by Deveison Figueredo and Brandon Moreno. UFC 255 was crucial for the Flyweight division as Figueredo defended his belt against Alex Perez in the first round, and Brandon Moreno beat Brandon Royval in the first round.
Both fighters faced very little adversity and damage, and are ready for a quick turnaround in UFC 256. After three major fights being canceled, it wouldn’t have been surprising to see the UFC scrapping the card altogether. But this Flyweight bout might have saved the fight, along with Tony Ferguson and Charles Oliviera, who will most probably fight in the co-main event. This is a very crucial fight for the Lightweight division, and if Tony wins, he must get the shot at the title next.
Petr Yan vs Aljo to move to UFC 258?
The Bantamweight division has been at a standstill after Petr Yan grabbed the title, despite it being one of the most stacked divisions in the UFC. Aljamain Sterling has been waiting for the title shot for very long, and deserves it the most. Many suggest that instead of taking up another fight until Yan is back, it is sensible for Aljo to wait until February where the UFC is planning to push this fight.
Aljo is the rightful contender and should not be forced to fight for anything less than the title. Meanwhile, the UFC can set up fights between other fighters like Cody Garbrandt, Marlon Moraes and Jose Aldo.
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