In the latest episode of MMAFighting.com’s Eurobash podcast, Petr Yan made it very clear that he wants to fight for the Bantamweight title next if he is successful in defeating Jimmie Rivera at UFC 238 this weekend.
Petr Yan said the following :
“I want the next one to be for the title.”
“I don’t put much significance on our placement on the card, but to be honest, yes [it could mean I’m more likely to fight for the title next]. Sterling has never been in an exciting fight. I didn’t know [Munhoz] fought in the UFC for such a long time, I just saw his last fight, I didn’t even know that man existed in the division until his last fight. Obviously, that’s why I’m on the main card,” he said.
“I don’t know what the UFC will decide. It will be my fifth fight inside one year and it took these other guys a lot more fights to get to the same place in the division as me.”
On the topic of him being ready, Yan said the following :
“Of course I’m ready for the title,” he insisted. “I don’t care if it’s Cejudo or Moraes, I don’t see me lacking anything compared to them. There’s nothing special about them; of course I want to fight the winner of their fight. For all of my other UFC fights I didn’t even prepare that well. I didn’t have structured training, a head coach or anything like that. Honestly, I was preparing like an amateur. If I fight for the title, I’ll be making significant changes to my camp and that will make a difference too.”
“I don’t want to say that because it could sound too arrogant,” chimed Yan. “But the UFC can count on me, and if they want me to be next, I never let them down, so I’ll do what I have to do.”