It hasn’t been long since we finally got to see the rematch date of the most controversial UFC fight in recent years without it being canceled once again. According to the American media, Aljamain Sterling is still feeling the consequences of the neck surgery when he decided to solve his long-standing problems in the spring, and he will need more time to recover than he thought.
For this reason, he canceled the fight against Peter Yan planned for October 30 in Abu Dhabi. As might be expected, the Russian did not react best to this set of circumstances. After being left without a title at the expense of an illegal but certainly unintentional blow, at the expense of which he was disqualified from the fight in which he led and headed for victory, Yan did not accept another fight but decided to wait for Sterling's return to the Octagon.
Yan wants an opponent
Still, as can be seen in the video he posted, he is now ready for another opponent, but it is possible that he also expects a temporary belt from the UFC as a stakes fight. Most importantly, he intends to stay on the UFC 267 program.
"Hello everyone. You all know what just happened to my fight. You all know how Aljo escaped like a coward. I want to tell you something this way." "I will no longer just sit and wait for him. I will fight on October 30 in Abu Dhabi.
I want to contact the UFC along the way. Give me an opponent, a fighter in the Top 5, Top 7, Top 10, any fighter who deserves to fight for the belt and I will do the job. I will show you who the real champion is," Yan said TJ Dillashaw is currently in a position to ask for a title fight, but the question is whether he would accept it if it's not a real one and if he does not have a full training camp.
Fighters in the rankings placed behind him are Cory Sandhagen, Rob Font and Jose Aldo, whom Yan defeated last year in the fight for the belt. They normally close the Top 5. Right behind them on the new charts should be Sterling's teammate Merab Dvalishvili, who celebrated last weekend at the UFC 266 event, and certainly worth mentioning are the names of Cody Garbrandt, who still announced his move into the flyweight category and also we have Frankie Edgar.