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Song Yadong Eyes Bantamweight Throne, Targets Petr Yan at UFC 299

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After a commanding victory over Chris Gutierrez at UFC Vegas 83, Song Yadong is setting his sights on the top of the bantamweight division. The 26-year-old bantamweight fighter made it clear that he wants to face former champion Petr Yan at UFC 299 in March, which happens to be headlined by the bantamweight title fight between Sean O’Malley and Marlon “Chito” Vera in Miami.

In response to Song’s callout, Petr Yan didn’t seem too enthusiastic, posting a yawning emoji on Twitter. However, Song didn’t hold back and fired back with a reminder of Yan’s underwhelming performance in a one-sided loss to Merab Dvalishvili in March.

“I already told everybody I want to fight Petr Yan,” Song declared at the UFC Vegas 83 post-fight press conference. “He posted the emoji, it means the fight was boring, but his last fight was boring, too. Like, s***. So let’s fight at UFC 299. I heard he wants to fight in March. OK, let’s fight in March. We both don’t go back. Let’s go face-to-face, let’s go. Let’s see who has better boxing. Let’s see who has the best boxing in this division.”

If Song’s wish comes true, he would share the card with Marlon “Chito” Vera, whom he previously defeated in a thrilling “Fight of the Night” performance in 2020. Vera’s title shot was earned partly due to a previous victory over Sean O’Malley, positioning him perfectly for a rematch should O’Malley capture the UFC title.

While Song may not be overly confident in Vera’s chances against O’Malley, he’s certainly rooting for him. Why? Because a Vera victory would fast-track Song’s own path to a championship opportunity.

“I pick Sean [to win],” Song stated. “Sean is smart, has good footwork, and good speed, but I hope Chito can win the fight and have a rematch with me. That would be very good.”

Much like Sean O’Malley’s desire for revenge after suffering his only career loss, Song recognizes that Vera would relish the opportunity to run it back with him. While the decision may not have been unanimous that night, Song remains confident in his victory, particularly considering the challenges he faced leading up to the fight during the early days of the global pandemic.

“Our first fight, this guy, he had been preparing for six months, and no one fought with him,” Song explained. “His opponent kept getting injured, and the UFC told me about the fight two weeks before it happened. At that time, COVID had just started. I was at home for one month, no training, not even running. My coach said I could do it, so I took the fight. But I didn’t have good conditioning. However, I won the first two rounds. You guys can look again.”

Should Marlon “Chito” Vera become the UFC champion, Song would eagerly welcome the chance to challenge him for the title, allowing his former opponent the opportunity to seek redemption for their previous encounter. And Song is brimming with confidence, believing that he would secure an even more impressive victory in the rematch.

“Whether it’s standing up or on the ground, I can beat him up,” Song boldly declared. “He doesn’t have the confidence to face me. I’m not a kid anymore. I’m 26 years old now.”

It seems that Song Yadong is not just chasing the bantamweight title but also aiming to prove that he’s a force to be reckoned with in the division, ready to take on the best and show the world his skills both inside and outside the Octagon.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bantamweight Championship

Q: Who is Song Yadong’s target opponent after his recent win at UFC Vegas 83?

A: Song Yadong’s target opponent after his impressive victory at UFC Vegas 83 is Petr Yan, the former bantamweight champion. He is aiming to face Yan at UFC 299 in March.

Q: What event is UFC 299 headlined by?

A: UFC 299 is headlined by the bantamweight title fight between Sean O’Malley and Marlon “Chito” Vera, making it an exciting event in the division.

Q: Why does Song Yadong want to fight Petr Yan?

A: Song Yadong wants to fight Petr Yan because he believes Yan’s previous fight was boring, and he sees it as an opportunity to prove himself and showcase his superior boxing skills.

Q: What is Song Yadong’s history with Marlon “Chito” Vera?

A: Song Yadong previously had a thrilling “Fight of the Night” performance against Marlon “Chito” Vera in 2020, where he emerged victorious. This victory is a significant part of their history in the division.

Q: Why does Song Yadong hope Marlon Vera wins his fight against Sean O’Malley?

A: Song Yadong hopes Marlon Vera wins because it would fast track his own path to a championship opportunity, as he is eager for a rematch with Vera.

Q: What challenges did Song Yadong face leading up to his first fight against Marlon Vera?

A: Song Yadong faced challenges preparing for his first fight against Marlon Vera. He had only two weeks’ notice, with his opponent’s injuries and the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting his training.

Q: How confident is Song Yadong about a potential rematch with Marlon Vera?

A: Song Yadong is highly confident about a potential rematch with Marlon Vera and believes he would secure an even more impressive victory if given the chance.

Q: What does Song Yadong aim to prove in the bantamweight division?

A: Song Yadong aims to prove that he is a formidable force in the bantamweight division, ready to take on the best fighters and showcase his skills both inside and outside the Octagon.

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