It took Petr Yan 750 days to move from making his first stroll to the Octagon to on foot out of the eight-sided battleground with the UFC bantamweight name over his shoulder.
During that stretch, the gifted Russian standout published a 7-zero record, following up his amazing rookie marketing campaign with victories over veterans John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera, and Urijah Faber at some stage in his sophomore season earlier than completing longtime featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo in his lone look of 2020 to steady his first UFC championship win.
In accomplishing the purpose he set out for himself upon arriving on the largest degree withinside the sport, the 27-year-antique expertise joined an special institution of combatants to assert UFC gold while not having tasted defeat withinside the Octagon, a listing that consists of Israel Adesanya, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Cain Velasquez.
“I’m proud to be the part of the group of great fighters who won the title without suffering the loss in the Octagon,” said Yan when asked to reflect on his rapid, unbeaten ascent to the top of the bantamweight division. “It’s an honor to stay in one row with Khabib, Israel, and Cain.
“This fact motivates me even more and tells me that all sacrifices I made were worth it, but also, deep inside, I understand that it won’t mean much, because in the sport there’s always new hungry guys that will appear, so you can’t relax if you want to stay on top.”
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