Dana White: Petr Yan To Fight For Bantamweight Title Following Henry Cejudo Retirement

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There will be a new bantamweight champion crowned soon following the events of UFC 249 on Saturday night.

Henry Cejudo defended his title for the first time following a somewhat controversial second-round TKO stoppage over Dominick Cruz in the co-main event of the night. Cejudo proceeded to make further headlines when he announced his retirement soon after in his post-fight interview.

“I want to walk away. I want to enjoy myself,” Cejudo said (via MMA Junkie). “Since I was 11 years old, I sacrificed my whole life to get where I’m at today. I’m not going to let nobody take that from me. So I’m retiring tonight.”

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Cejudo doubled down on his retirement in the post-fight press conference and UFC president Dana White seems to believe it’s legitimate as he revealed a new champion would be crowned.

The only detail he could confirm for now is that Petr Yan would be competing for the vacant strap.

Yan — who is on a six-fight winning streak since debuting for the UFC — was understandably pleased with the news and doesn’t care who his opponent will be.

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“I’m very happy to hear this news @danawhite Just tell me when and where, I don’t care who’s the opponent. My goal is to win the belt and become undisputed champion ✊?”

Yan was previously slated to face Marlon Moraes at UFC Kazakhstan in June until the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event indefinitely.

Maybe Aljamain Sterling could serve as Yan’s opponent for the bantamweight title instead?

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Who do you think Yan should face for the vacant bantamweight title?