Petr Yan has a new UFC contract, and now also has what appears to be his highest-profile opponent yet.
Yan (11-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) today on Twitter said he signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, along with a bout agreement for his next bantamweight fight.
That fight will be against former title challenger John Dodson (20-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 3, though UFC officials have not formally announced the booking. A Dodson official confirmed the booking with MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN.com.
UFC on ESPN+ 3 takes place Feb. 23 at O2 arena in Prague. The event will be the UFC’s debut in the Czech Republic. The card will stream on ESPN+.
Yan has won six straight fights, including his first three in the UFC. He signed with the promotion in 2018 and debuted this past Junewith a knockout win over Teruto Ishihara in Singapore. After a decision win over Jin Soo Son in Moscow in September, he finished Douglas Silva de Andrade with a a corner stoppage TKO after two rounds at UFC 232.
Dodson, who twice challenged for the UFC flyweight title, has been up and down for his past eight fights. A three-fight winning streak got him a second crack at then-champ Demetrious Johnson at UFC 191, but he dropped a unanimous decision. He moved up to bantamweight, but has yo-yoed wins and losses with victories over Manny Gamburyan, Eddie Wineland and Pedro Munhoz, but decision setbacks to John Lineker, Marlon Moraes and, most recently, Jimmie Rivera at UFC 228 this past September.
With the addition to the card, the UFC on ESPN+ 3 lineup includes:
- Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Stefan Struve
- Liz Carmouche vs. Lucie Pudilova
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Darko Stosic
- Ramazan Emeev vs. Michel Prazeres
- Sam Alvey vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov
- John Dodson vs. Petr Yan
- Anthony Smith: I'm going to be a world champ, or be first to die trying
- Thomas Almeida vs. Marlon Vera on tap for UFC 235 in Las Vegas
- CSAC: Jon Jones passed drug test on night of UFC 232 title win
Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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