Petr Yan claimed the UFC Bantamweight Title at UFC 251, stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth round with a powerful performance. Aldo and Yan stood toe-to-toe for 15-minutes, but as Aldo began to slow in round four, Yan grew stronger. After nearly finishing Aldo at the end of the fourth round, Yan battered and bloodied Aldo en route to a stoppage in the fifth round.
While many praised Yan's performance, more than a handful of fighters were upset over the unnecessary punishment Aldo took in the fifth round.
Here's how fighters reacted to the fight.
So like.....Leon Roberts should’ve recognized that Aldo was defending himself like someone would to protect their life, not to win fight. What the fuck.— REAL Norman Smiley account (@FilthyTomLawlor) July 12, 2020
DUMD Referee ------------ ------ you there to protect the fighter STUPID— GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) July 12, 2020
3 minutes of unanswered strikes! Ref what more did we need to see!? #UFC251— Joe Joe Giannetti -- (@Giannettimma) July 12, 2020
This fight should be stopped way before. This is Unnecessary. pic.twitter.com/SWn33UgIwV— Vitor Belfort (@vitorbelfort) July 12, 2020
Yan was impressive, especially in the last two rounds.— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) July 12, 2020
Great fight.. late stoppage #UFC251— Shane Burgos (@HurricaneShaneB) July 12, 2020
We have unfinished business!! I’ll break him in 2 rounds Ko him in the 3rd I want to break his will. https://t.co/tX7xl003qS— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) July 12, 2020
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