Petr Yan was scheduled to defend the UFC bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling next month in the main event of UFC 256, but the bout was canceled for what was described as “personal issues” on Yan’s behalf.
The fighter has since taken to Instagram Live to reveal that the fighter was canned due to visa issues (transcript via RT Sport):
“Everything’s in force for the fight. It’s going to be postponed for about a month and a half, but everything’s in order. There were different problems, with the flight, with the visa, during training I flew away for a visa deadline, lots of factors. We decided with the team to move everything to next year, perhaps the card will be more suitable.
“Everything is good, training continues. In the past, I could fly out to battle without thinking about anything, I could take risks. Now I need to do everything right, so that afterwards there won’t be any, ‘this wasn’t right, that wasn’t right.’
“I see that I can beat him, it would be stupid not to believe in yourself. The fight will happen.”
There is no word at this time as to when the bantamweight title encounter between Yan and Sterling will get rescheduled for.