Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan is able to return to the Octagon, however he says nobody within the higher echelon of the division desires to battle him.
Hoping to return after his split decision loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273 this previous April, Yan lately despatched out an open problem to the remainder of the division on social media. When nobody responded, ‘No Mercy’ took issues into his personal arms and proposed a battle towards present UFC flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo.
“Nobody at 135 desires it…Figgy?,” wrote Yan on Twitter.
Figueiredo has been on the sidelines recovering from accidents to each of his arms. Although anticipated to battle once more close to the top of the yr, the UFC determined to create an interim championship that Brandon Moreno and Kai Kara-France are vying for at UFC 277 in July.
Unhappy with that decision, ‘Deus da Guerra’ threatened to depart flyweight and be part of bantamweight until he obtained a pay enhance.
“I don’t rule out this selection. It’s as much as the UFC,” Figueiredo advised Guilherme Cruz of MMA Fighting. “If now we have a chat and so they can enhance my earnings contained in the group, then I’ll keep within the division. However, if nothing occurs, I’ll be compelled to maneuver up. I’ll keep within the flyweight [division] in the event that they enhance my purse.
“I already needed [to move up] however nonetheless needed to battle three extra fights within the division,” continued Figueiredo. “With this resolution [to create an interim title], they’ve made my resolution to go up sooner 95 p.c extra possible.”
Ought to he be part of bantamweight, Figueiredo has set his sights on an immediate championship opportunity towards the aforementioned Sterling. Nevertheless, the UFC has reportedly tapped T.J. Dillashaw as the subsequent challenger for Sterling in his second protection, so the Brazilian must look forward to that to occur. Maybe a battle with Yan may maintain him over till then.
Figueiredo has but to answer Yan.