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The fate of the vacant Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title will be decided when Petr Yan meets Jose Aldo at UFC 251 this Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. They seek to fill the void left by former champion Henry Cejudo, who announced his retirement following a second-round technical knockout of Dominick Cruz on May 9.
Yan finds himself on a nine-fight winning streak that covers some four years. A Tiger Muay Thai and Archangel Michael Club representative who holds the Master of Sport designation in boxing and mixed martial arts, he last appeared at UFC 245 in December, when he cut down Urijah Faber with a third-round head kick. Aldo, meanwhile, enters the cage on the heels of back-to-back decision losses to Alexander Volkanovski and Marlon Moraes. Still regarded as one of the all-time greats, the Nova Uniao cornerstone started his career 25-1 and for years had a legitimate claim as the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter.
As Yan and Aldo prepare for their high-stakes showdown, a look at some of the numbers that have accompanied them to this point:
27: Years of age for Yan. He was born in Dudinka, Russia, on Feb. 11, 1993.
47: Seconds required for Yan to dispatch Haron Orzumiev with a guillotine choke at an Absolute Championship Berkut event in May 2015. Still the only submission of his career, it remains his fastest finish to date.
6: Yan wins by knockout or technical knockout, accounting for 43 percent of his professional total (14). Included among them are UFC victories over the aforementioned Faber, Teruto Ishihara and Douglas Silva de Andrade.
226: Total strikes by which Yan has outlanded his six UFC opponents. That includes an 18-fight deficit in a unanimous decision over Jimmie Rivera at UFC 238.
3: Absolute Championship Berkut titleholders, of which Yan was one. Magomed Magomedov and Rustam Kerimov were the others. ACB in 2019 merged with World Fighting Championship Akhmat to form Absolute Championship Akhmat.
33: Years of age for Aldo. He was born in Manaus, Brazil, on Sept. 9, 1986.
7: Successful Aldo title defenses as UFC featherweight champion, an all-time record for the division. No other fighter has made more than three. Aldo defeated Mark Hominick, Kenny Florian, Chad Mendes (twice), Frankie Edgar, Chan Sung Jung and Ricardo Lamas before his reign was ended by Conor McGregor.
9: Post-fight bonuses won by Aldo as a member of the UFC and World Extreme Cagefighting rosters. He has banked four bonuses for “Fight of the Night,” three for “Knockout of the Night” and two for “Performance of the Night,” resulting in $306,500 of additional income.
12: Promotions in which Aldo has competed as a professional mixed martial artist. He has gone 10-5 in the UFC, 8-0 in the WEC, 2-0 in Shoot Americas, 1-0 in Eco Fight Championship, 1-0 in Rio MMA Challenge, 1-0 in Mecca World Vale Tudo, 1-0 in UK-1, 1-0 in FX3, 1-0 in Gold Fighting Championship, 1-0 in Top Fighting Championships, 1-0 in Pancrase and 0-1 in Jungle Fight.