UFC has booked an interim Bantamweight title fight between former champion Petr Yan and No.3 ranked bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen as the co-main event at UFC 267. Originally Petr Yan was supposed to rematch the current bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, at UFC 267 but Sterling pulled out of the fight due to a spine injury. UFC immediately went looking for a replacement and finally got settled on the rising Cory Sandhagen. The first match between Petr Yan and Aljamian sterling ended up in a disqualification after Yan hit an illegal knee to Sterling who was a grounded opponent resulting in him being disqualified and Sterling becoming the first champion who won via disqualification.
UFC 267 will take place on October 30, 2021, at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The card will be headlined by the UFC Light-heavyweight championship fight between the current champion Jan Błachowicz and former title challenger Glover Teixeira. Now the event will also host the co-main event fight between Yan and Sandhagen for the interim bantamweight championship with the winner facing the current champion Aljo after he recovers from his spine injury which is likely to take some time.
Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen – interim bantamweight title fight
The choice for the replacement should have been TJ Dillashaw who came after a suspension of two years and defeated Cory, but as TJ is recovering from surgery the UFC went with the next best choice Cory. He is coming off a hard-fought loss against TJ Dillashaw. The pair fought a bloodied fight but it was the takedowns from TJ that got him the victory. Before that loss, Cory was coming off two back-to-back finishes of top contenders Frankie Edgar and Marlon Moraes. In his last win, he knocked out Frankie Edgar by a flying knee inside round one and made a statement for the rest of the division. His other loss is against the current champion Sterling who submitted him in their fight.
Petr Yan is coming off a disqualification loss against Sterling. He had won the bantamweight title after beating up Jose Aldo for the vacant title. He also has wins over Jimmie Rivera and Uriah Faber. The interim title win will set him up with the rematch with Aljo so that he can settle his rivalry with his arch-rival. But for that, he has a tough challenge in front of him.
UFC 267 Card:
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for the light heavyweight title
- Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen – for the interim bantamweight title
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Volkan Oezdemir
- Islam Makhachev vs. TBA
- Marcin Tybura vs. Alexander Volkov
- Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliang
- Shamil Gamzatov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Virna Jandiroba vs. Amanda Ribas
- Ricardo Ramos vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
- Damir Ismagulov vs. Magomed Mustafaev
- Makwan Amirkhani vs. Lerone Murphy
- Alen Amedovski vs. Hu Yaozong
- Allan Nascimento vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
- Albert Duraev vs. Roman Kopylov
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling 2 has been canceled.
- Cory Sandhagen to fight Petr Yan for the interim title
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