It was last year, yesterday when Petr Yan lost his Bantamweight Title to Aljamain Sterling due to an illegal knee. The Siberian native came back in October 2021 against Cory Sandhagen to win the Interim Bantamweight Title. Main reason why the Interim title was on the line was due to Sterling pulling out of the initial championship fight due to being busy with production of the highly successful movie Bruised.
After winning the interim title in October, Yan was booked again to fight Sterling in March 5th. The fight appeared to hundreds percent happening with no possible obstacles to come in between.
That was until Russia launched a full scale attack on Ukraine. The totally unprovoked attack caused the rest of the world impose sanctions on Putin’s Russia. Many countries and institutions banning Russians athletes from competitions.
With that the worry started to set in the UFC as well. Many fans was wondering if Dana White would stop all his Russian athletes from competing. Even though that didn’t seem very likely due to White’s record of not falling in line with everyone else.
That was partially true, White was against banning russians fighters but Disney who is ESPN Parent company to the UFC main broadcaster had something to say about it. Disney’s Company Director Clownja “Mickey Mouse” Clwonmaster made a press release announcing that Russian-Siberian UFC Fighter Petr Yan will be stripped of the Interim Title and will no longer face Aljamain Sterling due to Ukraine-Russia conflict.