Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan shared his thoughts on the upcoming fight between Umar Nurmagomedov and Raoni Barcelos, who will split the octagon on January 14 at UFC Fight Night 217 in Las Vegas.
The Russian fighter believes that his compatriot, who is an eight-time favorite in this confrontation, will win an early victory over the Brazilian.
“I think the fight will end in Umar’s favor with a submission or choke hold,” Yang said in a video posted on the social media.
Umar Nurmagomedov is undefeated and is on a three win streak in the UFC, finishing with choke submissions against Sergey Morozov and Brian Kelleher and a unanimous decision over Nate Maniss.
At the moment, the 26-year-old Russian occupies the eleventh line in the ranking of the UFC’s lightest division.