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Yang is not coming back? Cejudo stole a convenient opponent from the Russian

Date: June 18, 2024 Time: 12:36:47

Yang is not coming back? Cejudo stole a convenient opponent from the Russian

Igor Nekrasov June 20, 2023, 14:00 Moscow time

Peter, on the other hand, drives through the swamps and went to the Basta concert.

UFC President Dana White has announced that former two-weight champion Henry Cejudo will fight in the same tournament as Aljamain Sterling, whom he recently lost in a title fight. On the night of August 20, Cejudo will face the sixth number in the lightest division, Marlon Vera. It turns out that all the top fighters in this weight class made their fight, except for Petr Yan, who, it seems, will not return to the Octagon yet.

Cejudo is a very competent fighter. Thanks to the name and the proper promotion, after a three-year absence, he immediately received a title shot. After losing to Sterling via split decision, Henry began challenging everyone, including Aljamain’s closest friend Merab Dvalishvili, also expressing his willingness to replace Sterling in a duel with Sean O’Malley.

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But in fact, Cejudo chose the stylistically convenient Marlon Vera as his rival, literally stealing him from Peter Yan. Henry will easily take down the Ecuadorian and demand a rematch with the champion, and there is no doubt that he will, unless Aljamain escapes to the featherweight division.

But former bantamweight champion Peter Yan was at a disadvantage. Vera would be the best match for Peter’s return. Marlon likes to cut himself in the stands, but his skills in this component are inferior to Jan’s. The Russian could beat the Ecuadorian and return to the title race. But now all the main rivals are busy. Sterling defends the belt in a fight with O’Malley, Cejudo will face Vera, Corey Sandhagen was handed over to be eaten by Umar Nurmagomedov, and Merab Dvalishvili is recovering from surgery and there is no word on when he will return to duty.

Yang has two options: wait until one of the previous fighters is released, or fight opponents who have lower ratings. For example, with Rob Font or Song Yadong. It seems that Peter chose the first option – to take a long break and wait for the development of events at the top of the division.

Jan spends time with his family, travels to the quarries, goes to the Basta concert, uploads hunting videos, where he conquers the Ural swamps with friends and shoots at a shooting range. And he lives life to the fullest. Perhaps this is the plan of the Russian wrestler – to mentally recover. The last two years in the UFC for Peter were a real disaster. After losing the belt to that famous knee, the only bright spot was a win against Sandhagen. And then three defeats followed. Yes, two of them are very controversial, but this makes it even more difficult psychologically. And the duel with Merab was the last straw. In general, the meeting with Dvalishvili was a mistake, the Russian had to act in the style of Cejudo – choose a stylistically convenient opponent and return to the winning streak. Instead, we have what we have.

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Now Peter is out of the title race and is watching events in the division from the sidelines. Vera hinted that Yang has no intention of returning to the Octagon until December, at which time things could change at bantamweight. Petr is 30 years old and remains one of the most talented fighters in the division. Now Yan and his team need to more competently approach the return, the organization of fights. Taking all the fights in a row is a losing option, we’ve already seen this after Jan was sued in a fight with a UFC prospect or how he was run over by a better prepared Merab. Are Ian Dvalishvili or O’Malley weaker? No. You just need to approach these fights wisely.

Peter himself is philosophical about the situation and appears to be preparing for at least one more title call. The more interesting it will be to watch the already brilliant and competitive lightweight division.

“Now I stepped on a dark obstacle course, but to learn to swim, you need to swim. Therefore, I need to work harder to come back,” said Pyotr Yan.

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