'I'll fight anyone, and I'll beat anyone': New Russian UFC champ Petr Yan ready to welcome all challengers (VIDEO)
Added 07-12-20 01:37:02pm EST - “Russian's Petr Yan says he plans on accepting any and all challenges during his reign as the UFC bantamweight titleholder, and even opened the door to a potential showdown with former two-division ruler 'Triple C' Henry Cejudo.” - Rt.com
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Yan, who defeated Jose Aldo by fifth-round stoppage to claim his first UFC title on 'Fight Island' on Saturday night, now finds himself in the position that every new champion does: namely, having to adjust from being the hunter to the hunted.
A rogue's gallery of fighters in the UFC's bantamweight fold - arguably the toughest division in the organization at the moment - will now be squarely focused on mounting a challenge for the vacant championship the Russian won in Abu Dhabi.
Before any talk of future challengers though, Yan took a moment to reflect on what was - by far - the biggest win of his career to date.
"I'm insanely happy to win this belt in such difficult times. It was my longterm goal," he told the media immediately after his fight.
"Everything went excellent. We knew it was going to be a tough fight but I had everything perfect. I saw that I hurt him in the first round but I knew because it was five rounds that I cannot rush, I cannot make mistakes."
Nothing but respect to the legend and future hall of famer @josealdojunior— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) July 12, 2020
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