Over the last few weeks, top bantamweight contender Petr Yan has repeatedly called out for a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo. But now it seems the Russian star wants UFC to strip Cejudo of his bantamweight crown.
The reason for Yan’s recent outburst has been because of the unwillingness of Henry Cejudo to fight him next. Cejudo has repeatedly made it clear that he wished to defend his UFC title against Jose Aldo. The former featherweight kingpin recently dropped down to bantamweight division. He made his 135lbs debut at UFC 245 against Marlon Moraes and lost via a close split decision.
Petr Yan meanwhile wants to fight Aljamain Sterling for the bantamweight title.
— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) December 28, 2019
“If triple clown @HenryCejudo looking for easy “money” fights, he can go ahead and chase his intergender championship belt. While I will fight @funkmasterMMA for real 135 belt #stopthecircus,” Yan tweeted.
Aljamain was also down with the idea of fighting Yan for the title.
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 28, 2019
Petr Yan is coming off of a third-round knockout victory over former four-time title challenger Urijah Faber at UFC 245.
Last week, Yan said in an interview 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.”