Starting from this moment, Russia is represented in the UFC by two current Champions. Just at the UFC 251 tournament in Abu Dhabi, Russian fighter Peter Yan won a convincing victory over the legendary Brazilian Jose Aldo and won the vacant UFC lightweight title.
Yan was close to an early victory in the first round, but the signal for a break prevented the Russian from finishing his opponent in the stalls. In the second round, Aldo managed to level the situation by turning on powerful low-kicks and forcing the opponent to change his stance. However, already in the fourth round, the experienced Brazilian was to lose power, and the Russians in contrast, pushed the tempo in the final five minutes arranging the opponent a real beating that referee Leon Roberts stopped for fifteen minutes before the end of the battle, marking the victory of Piotr Jan TKO.
“I knew it was going to be a tough fight, so I didn’t try to force things,” Yang said in a post – match interview. “He knocked my leg off, so I had to fight in the wrong position. We knew that he would start getting hooked in the later rounds, so from the third round I started working on taking him apart a little bit».
27-year-old Peter Yan won the UFC championship belt in the seventh match under the banner of the organization, in which he debuted in June 2018.
Sean O’malley learned the name of the next opponent
The rising star of the UFC’s lightest division, Sean O’malley, will return to the octagon on August 15 at UFC 252 in Las Vegas, and his opponent will be Marlon Vera.
O’malley announced the match on his YouTube channel.
“I signed a contract for the fight,” the American said. “I don’t know if he signed it, but the fight will take place. It’s settled”
Informed sources say that Vera also signed a contract, so the issue can really be considered resolved.
27-year-old native of Ecuador Marlon Vera in the previous match broke an impressive series of five early victories, losing a unanimous decision to Song Yadong at UFC on ESPN 8 in Jacksonville.
25-year-old Sean O’malley does not know defeats and has twelve professional victories to his credit, four of which he got under the UFC banner. O’malley last entered the octagon last month at UFC 250 in Las Vegas, knocking out Eddie Vineland in the first round.