Former UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, spoke about the circumstances of the organization of the fight with Merab Dvalishvili, who will head the UFC Fight Night 221 tournament in Las Vegas on March 11.
“I don’t think that I lost the previous fight, but my time is ticking and I have decided to act,” the Russian fighter said in an interview with UFC Russia. “Everyone else in the top 5 was busy and Merab was in third place – I think it’s an interesting fight”
Unlike Dvalishvili, who called this fight a confrontation between Russia and Georgia, Yan sees in it an exclusively sports component.
“There is nothing fundamental, there is only a sporting interest – this is more professional. I need to win, for me it is important. I would like to return to the winning streak and do everything as confidently as possible so that the judges are not needed.
According to the Russian, he is not sure that one victory will separate him from the fight for the title.
“The goal at the moment is to win the next fight, and then we will see. Maybe it will take another win to get a title fight, so let’s not guess.”