Yekaterinburg, Russia’s Petr Yan is UFC Bantamweight Champion, beats Jose Aldo at ‘UFC 251’ on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

Petr Yan (©UFC)

Petr Yan (©UFC)

Petr “No Mercy” Yan, 27, of Yekaterinburg, Omsk, Russia was crowned the new bantamweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship at “UFC 251” winners. The Russian mixed martial artist also earned his seventh consecutive win in the promotion.

Featuring 13 MMA matches, “UFC 251” took place at the UFC Fight Island on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on July 11, 2020 (or July 12, 2020 in the UAE). In the 11th, Yan and Jose “Junior” Aldo, 33, of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil competed for the UFC Bantamweight Championship title, which Henry “The Messenger” Cejudo, 33, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States vacated on May 9, 2020.

Leon Roberts served as the referee. He put a stop to the bantamweight contest after 3 minutes and 24 seconds in the fifth round when Yan knocked out Aldo via punches.

Winning at “UFC 251” improved Yan’s professional MMA record to 15 wins and 1 loss. The Yekaterinburg native is now riding a 10-bout winning streak.

On the other hand, Aldo now has 28 wins and 7 losses. The Brazilian MMA fighter is riding a three-bout losing streak.


Including Brazil and Russia, 12 countries were represented at “UFC 251.” The others were Australia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland and the U.S.

Yan was one of the four representatives of Russia. Aldo was one of the eight fighters who represented Brazil.


Born in Dudinka, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia on February 11, 1993 to a Chinese-German-Russian father and a Russian mother, Yan was inspired by his elder brother to train in boxing. Petr went on to achieve the  rank of Master of Sport in Boxing in the 64 kg weight category.

Petr earned his bachelor’s degree in physical culture and sport from the Siberian Federal University in Omsk. As an MMA fighter, he has been competing professionally since 2013 and he joined the UFC in 2018.

Trained by Fredi Vilenchik, Petr is a blue belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Before facing Aldo at “UFC 251,” the Yekaterinburg native defeated all of his first six UFC opponents namely Teruto Ishihara, Jin Soo Son, Douglas Silva de Andrade, John Dodson, Jimmie Rivera and Urijah Fiber.

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