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UFC bantamweight contender Petr Yan wants interim title fight with Aljamain Sterling

With UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo on the mend, Petr Yan has an idea for his next fight.

MMA: UFC 238-Rivera vs Yan Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

“Interim title” is a phrase UFC fans have grown tired of hearing, so with that in mind, here’s an article about a fighter suggesting an interim title.

Two-division champion Henry Cejudo is expected to be out for the rest of 2019 due to shoulder surgery, which means both the flyweight and bantamweight titles will be on the shelf potentially into 2020.

Among the fighters at 135 lbs looking for a title shot is Petr Yan. The Russian had suggested last week that he fight fellow contender Aljamain Sterling for an interim belt, and now he’s doubled down on that statement in a follow-up tweet.

Yan’s manager Daniel Rubenstein spoke to MMAjunkie about his fighter’s rise up the ranks and further emphasized that Petr is very willing to fight for interim gold.

“At this point, Petr has fought five times, five wins, in under 12 months,” Rubenstein said. “No one has ever done that in the bantamweight division of the UFC. I feel Petr has earned his title shot at Henry, but with Henry being out for the rest of the year, if the UFC wants to do an interim title vs. Sterling, Petr is more than happy to oblige.”

Yan and Sterling have wasted no time jawing at each other on Twitter.

Yan (13-1) is coming off a unanimous decision over Jimmie Rivera at UFC 238, representing his biggest victory to date. On that same night, Sterling (18-3) extended his winning streak to four with a comprehensive decision over Pedro Munhoz.

Both men are ranked in the top-five in the division, and whether it’s for an interim title or not, this would certainly be one hell of a fight to make.

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