MOSCOW – UFC bantamweight Petr Yan was an early favorite for “Fight of the Night” at UFC Fight Night 136. A slugfest with Jin Soo Son electrified the audience at Olympic Stadium.
And while Son’s weight miss made him ineligible for a $50,000 performance bonus, Yan (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has an idea for an opponent that would put him in line for another bonus: John Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC).
“I want to fight Lineker,” Yan told reporters via translator after his UFC Fight Pass-streamed win over Son (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Saturday. “I want to fight top fighters. I’m ready.”
So far, Yan has been working his way through unranked opposition. A bout with Lineker would be a steep step up, but there’s nothing to indicate he isn’t ready.
Against Son, Yan showcased crisp boxing skills that may have knocked out opponents with less durable chins. There was never any doubt of the fight’s winner, and a unanimous decision was no surprise.
Yan now has won five straight, including two in the UFC. He believes it’s time to take the next step.
And the better news? Lineker currently is unbooked.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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