Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan doesn’t look like he’s fighting Rob Font just yet.
Font slipped into the picture of the 135-pound title with a decisive victory over fellow former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC Vegas 27 last Saturday. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Font – a veteran who also holds victories over former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes and current Bellator champion Sergio Pettis – and in a subsequent interview with MMA Fighting, Font a suggested that Yan would be an ideal next match. for him.
“Best case scenario? They’re giving me Petr Yan right now and we’re getting it going,” Font said on What the hell. “Maybe do it for a temporary belt, but I doubt that will happen. We’ll see what happens, but give me Petr Yan. He’s the only one available, the fans want to see exciting fights and I know it’s an exciting fight and then I’ll take care of the belt for him. Sit down, don’t worry about the belt, I’ll take it for him.
Yan caught wind of the challenge and posted a response via social media on Friday, warning Font, “Don’t bite more than you can chew.
Yan added, “You couldn’t even knock out Cody No Chin with your pillow hands.”
Although Font’s current winning streak includes three decisions, the Massachusetts native has shown great finishing power. He beat Moraes by TKO in the first round and finished four other UFC opponents by KO.
Yan is in no rush to fight at the moment as he awaits a rematch with current champion Aljamain Sterling. The two fought at UFC 259 in March, where Yan lost the bantamweight title after landing an illegal knee on a pound sterling on the ground, which resulted in Yan being disqualified. Recently, Sterling had neck surgery and it is not yet clear when or if an immediate rematch with Yan will be booked.