Petr Yan is slated to go head-to-head against Song Yadong in a Bantamweight clash. The fight is set to take place on December 9th in Shanghai, China, in the Mercedes-Benz Arena but this is not confirmed yet, per MMA Ecosystem, via Instagram.
This bout is scheduled in the Bantamweight (135 lbs) division.
Petr Yan, with a professional record of 16-5-0 (UFC 8-4), currently holds the #5 spot in the rankings. He has notable victories against Cory Sandhagen, Jose Aldo, and John Dodson.
Song Yadong, ranked #7 in the Bantamweight division, brings a record of 20-7-1 (UFC 9-2-1). He holds credible victories over Marlon Moraes, Ricky Simon, and Marlon Vera.
Official odds have yet to be released.
Petr Yan aims to rebound from tough decision losses to formidable opponents such as Aljamain Sterling, Sean O'Malley, and Merab Dvalishvili, losing two of his last three bouts via split decision. In his last bout, he was outpaced and outworked by Dvalishvili, ultimately losing a unanimous decision. A win in this bout is crucial for Yan, who will look to use his technical striking and grappling to secure a much-needed victory.
Song Yadong's last performance saw him dominate Ricky Simon with patient striking, ultimately securing a 5th-round TKO victory after securing two knockdowns. Now, Yadong aims to break into the top-5 of the division, as he will look to use his high-level boxing to claim the win over Yan.
This Bantamweight clash promises to be a high-stakes battle with significant implications for the rankings. As members of the Verdict Community, let us know your prediction in the comments below.