Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber Preview
This weekend the UFC is serving a hot platter of banger fights. With three title fights at the top of the main card, the other two fights on the main card certainly don’t disappoint.
Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber is the perfect fight at this moment in the bantamweight division. With two other notable 135ers scheduled to fight directly after, this fight will have plenty of eyes on it. With what could easily headline any fight night card, we get a treat to kick off the main card at UFC 245. Plenty of reason to believe this could end as the fight of the night.
Petr Yan has made a major splash in the UFC’s bantamweight division since he entered the UFC in mid 2018. With Yan securing five wins in all five UFC bouts, he poised to make a major run at the title. He has two knockouts and three unanimous decision victories in the UFC, making himself somewhat a fan favorite with his heavy hands and his unwillingness to back down while in the pocket. Yan also has a fight of the night honor to his credit. Yan fights out of Russia but trains at Tiger Muay Thai and holds a professional record of 13-1 (5-0 UFC). He’s currently the 4th ranked bantamweight with notable wins over Jimmie Rivera and John Dodson.
Since briefly retiring in 2017, Mr. Faber has made his intentions very clear. Faber wants another crack at the belt. Urijah made quick work in his first fight back since retiring, knocking out bantamweight, Ricky Simon, in just one round. Faber, more known for his wrestling, wasn’t hesitant to throw leather with Simon and put the division on notice. The “California Kid” was indeed back and wasn’t here to mess around.
At 40 year old the Team Alpha Male founder and team member isn’t ready to call it quits. Faber fights out of Sacramento, California, holds a professional record of 35-10, and is ranked #12 in the bantamweight division. Some may say Faber is past his prime and can’t possibly challenge for a 5th UFC title, but don’t tell that to the “California Kid,” he’s more in shape and motivated than ever. Faber wants that UFC gold wrapped around his waste before he hangs the gloves up for good.
This fight should lead to a #1 contender fight, making this a must win for each fighter. The bantamweight division is the most interesting and competitive in years, making fights like these a must watch, as well as a fight the champ, Henry Cedjudo, is certainly paying attention too. Faber and Cejudo have already expressed interest in a future bout, but Yan is no easy task for Urijah. I expect this to be a back and forth battle, that I wish was a five rounder.
Will Petr Yan make another statement that he belongs at the top or will Urijah take another step towards a fifth title shot?
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