08:21 GMT24 September 2020
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    Only one other mixed martial artist from Russia has managed to claim a UFC title, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who became lightweight champion in 2018 after defeating Al Iaquinta.

    Petr Yan triumphed at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, beating former featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and claiming the vacant UFC bantamweight title.

    The Russian fighter managed to get in heavy attacks on Aldo during the bout and in the fifth round referee Leon Roberts had to step in and declare Yan the winner and save his opponent, who was on the canvas unable to respond to Yan's ferocious blows or properly defend himself.

    ​Yan also extended his UFC winning streak to 7 fights, putting him in a tie for the longest streak in UFC bantamweight division records. With the victory via technical knockout, he becomes second UFC Champion from Russia, joining lightweight legend Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), UFC, MMA
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