Star wrestler Peter Yan, after a devastating loss to Merab Dvalishvili, temporarily left the media field. The former UFC champion decided to give himself an easy reset: he quad-ribbed through the swamps, attended a concert by his beloved Enough of Him, and did a lot of walking. But today, Jan was still caught by the journalists. Peter, according to his tradition, spoke boldly and harshly, not avoiding even the most difficult questions. He turned out to be informative.
– How do you feel about soccer? Soccer players often root for MMA fighters and vice versa. – Of course, a lot of support comes from soccer players and soccer fans. Sport is a holistic story, many people watch soccer and MMA. Now I am especially fond of soccer, but whenever I can I watch all our teams. Zenit will play, I will support Zenit. Through the Urals? I will also get sick.
– Now there is a lot of talk about a possible fight between billionaires Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg. Do you think this fight is real and who do you see as the favorite? – You asked that question and answer it yourself. I do not know the answer.
– Is there an agreement on when the next fight will be and who will be the opponent? “Now everything is fine with health. I think my fight will be towards the end of the year. There is still no comprehension of the opponent.
Did Sean O’Malley get a fair shot at the title? – I don’t know, this is a question for the UFC leadership. I think they have their own views on this.
– What do you expect from the fight between Umar Nurmagomedov and Corey Sandhagen? – The fight will be interesting. I think Umar’s fight will play a role.
-Why did you reject the challenge that Marlon Vera recently launched? – I’m not ready to act now, I’m recovering. There were injuries that require a long recovery. And on short notice, accepting a fight when you haven’t trained for four months is pointless. I will now reboot and move on.
Who will Ian fight?
Where should Petr Yan go: Cruz, Garbrandt, Vera, or maybe already in Russia?
– Are you ready to go against Nurmagomedov if he beats Sandhagen? – It’s not even in the top 5 yet, what to say about it. This is a question for my manager. If the UFC is interested in the fight, then maybe it will take place.
– Anatoly Malykhin wants to help you as a second in the next fight. How do you feel about such an initiative? – If Tolya finds time, he will definitely go to my fight. He is very busy. I will be glad to see him in the duel and not alone. I’m always glad to see him.
– Do you need to change something in the preparation, given the unsuccessful series? Of course, certain things need to be changed. And we are going to change. What exactly it is remains a secret. Prepare in Dagestan or Omsk? When you are in a place far from home, you get distracted and the preparation together goes better. Therefore, the change of place is within reach. Therefore, you have to change the place of training.
– Aren’t you tired of negativity, given that you had a strained personal relationship with your last rivals? – No, I’m not tired. You are going to fight, you understand that you will have a duel. In any case, there will be emotional moments. Either you answer or you don’t. And it is impossible not to answer in our space, after all, this is also a media component. You must answer.
– It was often said of your last rivals that they suit you. what do you think about it? – Every opponent is preparing for you. To say that it is convenient or passable… You can say a lot if you yourself are not there.
– If a rematch with Dvalishvili were scheduled now, what exactly would change? – He would only come to the fight in other conditions.
How Jan lost to Dvalishvili:
Nightmare in Las Vegas. Dvalishvili mercilessly beat Petr Yan
– You were at the Basta concert. Do you play their songs with the children? – Certainly. I do not see anything wrong in that. We also used to swear somewhere in childhood. But then you grow up, you change.
– What do you think of the fight between Sterling and Cejudo? Has the UFC received too many controversial arbitration decisions? – I did not see the fight between Sterling and Cejudo, I heard that many are unhappy with the referee’s decision. There are controversial decisions. Politics is being introduced into sport, some interests of the parties. We just have to work harder not to let certain people make decisions for us.