01 Jan UFC 251 live blog: Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo
This is the UFC 251 live blog for Petr Yan vs. Jose Aldo, a bantamweight title fight on the main card of Saturday’s event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
After champ Henry Cejudo vacated the belt earlier this year, Yan and Aldo compete for the title. Yan most recently stopped Urijah Faber at UFC 245 to climb into contention, while Aldo lost a hotly contested decision to Marlon Moraes on the same card.
Check out the UFC 251 live blog below.
Round 1: The two men meet in the middle to start things off but the first minute is largely a feeling out process. Aldo is looking to jab and counter and Yan is taking his time to get started. Aldo lands a leg kick as the first really good strike but Yan lands a BIG left hand that wakes Aldo up. A BIG leg kick from Aldo drops Yan. Aldo with a body shot that prompts a counter left hook from Yan. Single shots on both sides with a lot of ill intent. Both men showing respect for each other. Yan feints low with a kick and then goes high and Aldo just gets his hands up. Aldo pumping a jab now and setting range. Yan lands a body shot. Yan has a very high guard and he’s not pressuring as much. Aldo lands another good leg kick. Body shot from Aldo and big right hand from Yan that Aldo eats well. Shockingly, Aldo shoots a takedown and lands it but Yan reverses and Aldo goes to his back. Yan starts landing shots and Aldo is hurt! Short time and Yan trying to finish but cannot.
MMAFighting scores the round 10-9 Yan.