Petr Yan’s scouting report on Aljamain Sterling: ‘He has a chicken heart, very small’
Petr Yan got back on his winning path last weekend in Abu Dhabi, capturing a unanimous decision victory over top contender Cory Sandhagen in the UFC 267 co-main event. In the process, “No Mercy” was reestablished as a dominant force in the 135-pound division.
And he took home the interim bantamweight belt.
That means Yan will have a chance to unify the division titles against reigning champion Aljamain Sterling. “No Mercy” lost to “Funk Master” by disqualification after landing an illegal knee in their UFC 259 title fight.
Yan, however, is not convinced that Sterling will ever return.
“I live inside his head,” Yan told The MMA Hour. “The man who once ran away will always run again. It has a very small chicken heart. Now I understand that it’s a bigger fight and people are looking forward to seeing it again, even though I already think I beat him up once. Once I sign the contract, I will be 100% focused on doing it again. I’m going to hurt him a lot this time. “
Sterling was replaced by Sandhagen after failing to recover in time for UFC 267. “Funk Master” underwent neck surgery earlier this year, prolonging his comeback, and is not expected to return to the Octagon until the first quarter of 2022.
In the meantime, the promo will have to keep former champion TJ Dillashaw on the shelf until the title image is resolved. You also have to consider Rob Font, number 4 in the ranking, assuming he can surpass José Aldo in their Dec. 4 showdown on ESPN.
There are still a lot of moving parts in the 135 pound division … which I suppose is not the worst problem.