If UFC Interim Bantamweight Champion peter jan To give someone the respect a fighter deserves, he has to be a man of exceptional talent, and in this case it’s the UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovsky. Both Yan and Volkanovski are booked to fight their respective opponents, the undisputed bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and featherweight title challenger Chan Sung Jung at UFC273 this weekend at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida, USA.
Yan fights Sterling for the second time as a first fight UFC259 in March 2021 ended on a rather controversial note when Yan landed an illegal move on Sterling, resulting in disqualification and Sterling being awarded the belt. Volkanovski, on the other hand, fights Jung after the previous UFC Featherweight Champion Max Hollowey withdrew from the originally planned trilogy between Holloway and Volkanovski due to injury.
Petr Yan and Alexander Volkanovski are also sparring partners at Tiger Muay Thai
In his pre-fight media huddle at UFC 273, Yan opens up about different angles regarding his fight against Aljmain Sterling, how deep his rivalry with the bantamweight champion runs, and more. Along the way, Yan reacts to being compared to Volkanovski and her rise up the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
“I think he’s a deserved champion” says Jan “He’s doing everything great, he’s focused and only respects him as a champion.” For those who don’t know, both Yan and Volkanovski visit often Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand to hone their stand-up skills and even sparred together at one point.
What do you think of Yan’s praise for Volkanovski? Do you have the same respect for the UFC Featherweight Champion as Yan, or would you like to see more action from Volkanovski in the title defense run to earn your respect? Between Yan and his UFC 273 opponent Aljamain Sterling, who do you think will win? Who do you think will win in the same fight map and main event between Volkanovski and his opponent Chan Sung Jung aka The Korean Zombie?
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