Yan stops MMA legend Aldo at UFC 251

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Petr Yan defeated former featherweight champion José Aldo on Saturday night at UFC 251. He won by TKO at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

With the win, Yan is the new bantamweight champion. He is the first champion since Henry Cejudo relinquished the belt and retired from the sport.

The overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event
Overhead view of the octagon during the UFC 229 event. Who will step into the Octagon next with Khabib? (Photo by Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)

Cejudo retired after defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 on May 9, 2020. Cejudo vacated the belt on May 24, 2020.

Yan is now 15-1 in his MMA career. He has now won 10 straight bouts.

His last two bouts have ended with knockouts. He also defeated Urijah Faber by KO (Head Kick) at UFC 245 on December 14, 2019.

Yan is now 15-1 in his MMA career. He is now a champion in the UFC for the first-time.

Yan was the aggressor in the fight. The fight could have actually been over in the first round with a strong ground and pound by Yan before Aldo survived the round.

On the independent scene, it’s the first-time that he has had a belt since he defeated Magomed Magomedov by unanimous decision for the ACB Bantamweight Championship in Moscow, Russia.

He defeated the belt to Matheus Mattos by TKO (Punches) on September 23, 2017 in Moscow, Russia before signing with the UFC.

With the loss, Aldo has now dropped three straight bouts. He also lost to Marlon Moraes and Alexander Volkanovski. 

The last two losses to Moraes and Aldo came in the Bantamweight Division.
Aldo has not won a bout since he defeated Renato Moicano by TKO (Punches) at UFC Fight Night on February 2nd, 2019

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