Chael Sonnen feels the UFC bantamweight division is a mess and we have Petr Yan to thank.
Yan competed for the vacant UFC bantamweight title on July 11. He met Jose Aldo on the principal card of UFC 251. Yan scored a fifth-round TKO victory to capture UFC gold for the initially time in his professional MMA profession.
Though numerous have known as for Aljamain Sterling to obtain the upcoming crack at Yan, the recently minted 135-pound champion has been getting digs at Cody Garbrandt. In a new video posted on his YouTube channel, Sonnen expressed his perception that Petr Yan has designed a complicated problem.
“You wanna know who puzzled it? The new champ [Petr Yan],” Sonnen explained when chatting about what Petr Yan has performed with the 135-pound division. “The new champ hasn’t stated Aljo’s title. The new champ won’t quit expressing Cody’s title. Aljo’s sitting out thinking he’s obtained a world title battle coming out with Yan but guess who else has it brought? The former champ [Cody Garbrandt], who’s becoming known as out by the champ. Can you at the very least agree with me we have a bit of a trouble here? For me to call this a mess, that qualifies as a mess does not it?”
Yan has been seemingly trying to goad Cody Garbrandt into a fight. He even posted a photograph of himself hanging out with Garbrandt’s longtime mentor and instruction associate Urijah Faber. It is perfectly-identified that the Team Alpha Male loyalty runs deep in just Garbrandt, so Yan took this option to get below “No Love’s” pores and skin.
Months prior to capturing the UFC bantamweight championship, Petr Yan was hurling verbal shots at Garbrandt. When BJPENN.com arrived at out to Yan again in Dec. 2019, he explained the following.
“Maybe he has velocity and electric power but he just cannot consider a punch. So it is just a matter of time in advance of I can catch him and just after that, you will see an additional slide of the male with no chin,” he mentioned. “Now I comprehend he talks huge just to continue to be suitable. Making an attempt to connect his title to mine, for the reason that I just gained the combat and I’m on the increase. He needs to earn a combat initial right before contacting me out.”
When lousy blood has been brewing involving Petr Yan and Cody Garbrandt, there’s a probability we may perhaps not see the bout materialize. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported that Garbrandt is still mulling around quite possibly relocating down to the flyweight division.
Do you consider Petr Yan has created a mess in the UFC bantamweight division?