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Ultimate Fighting Championship
bantamweight contender Petr Yan is
ready for his next bout, which he predicts will undergo some
changes before it takes place.

Archangel Michael Club representative Yan (14-1) believes his
five-round fight with Brazilian Marlon
Moraes
(23-6-1) will take place in the U.S., not in Kazakhstan,
as expected earlier. The two are currently slated to meet at

UFC Kazakhstan
on June 13, which is scheduled go down at the
Astana Arena in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. Due to the coronavirus
pandemic, Yan expects the organization will relocate it.

“I hope the fight with Moraes will maintain the five-round status
as we signed,” said Yan to Sherdog.com. “Now, I don’t know about
Kazakhstan or the fighting island. There are a lot of points to
consider – how quickly the situation with coronavirus will
stabilize, whether Kazakhstan will be ready to host the tournament
from an economic point of view due to the epidemic. It seems to me
that now it is more likely that the fight will take place in the
U.S. I hope that the situation will stabilize by June.”



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Yan also commented on the cancellation of Henry
Cejudo
vs. Jose Aldo: “I
think neither I nor Moraes will fight with Cejudo. First, we have a
signed contract. Another moment that Moraes fought for the title in
his last fight and lost. The second time they won’t let him fight
for the belt. And it seems that Cejudo already has an opponent for
the fight.”

Cejudo is currently linked to a match against Dominick
Cruz
at UFC 250 on May 9. The Las Vegas-based promotion is

planning on returning
with a huge card topped by a trio of
title fights, one of which being Cejudo vs. Cruz. Cejudo was
originally slated to face Jose Aldo, but
the Brazilian will be unable to leave the country
due to visa issues
.

The Russian has won his last nine bouts, most recently thumping
Urijah
Faber
with a head kick at UFC 245 in December. Since signing
with the UFC in 2018, Yan has won all six of his matches, including
three knockouts over Faber, Douglas
Silva de Andrade
and Teruto
Ishihara
.

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