Petr Yan

Petr Yan 2022: Record, Net Worth, Salary, and Endorsements

Petr Yan is a former UFC bantamweight champion. The Russian fighter has been a dominant force throughout his career.

In 2013, Yan made a spectacular MMA debut, when he knocked out his opponent, Murad Bakiev, in the third round. As of 2022, he holds the interim bantamweight championship and finds himself at #1 in the UFC bantamweight rankings and #9 in the UFC men's pound-for-pound rankings.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30: Petr Yan of Russia celebrates after his victory over Cory Sandhagen in the UFC interim bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on October 30, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

In his short UFC career, he has been impressive with his crisp boxing, calm attitude, and very underrated grappling.

Yan's fight style varies throughout the rounds and changes according to the opponents. The Russian fighter is one of the best examples of mixing up creativity and sound technique with ruthless aggression and poised thinking inside the octagon.

Yan starts slowly and increases his pace as the fight progresses. 'No Mercy' tries to get a read on his opponent in the opening rounds, and once he has the range down; he pushes the pace. Yan commits to most of his strikes with ill intentions. That said, his hands are always there to protect his chin. Also, he is very good at rolling with the punches and tucking his chin down.

Yan is prominently a striker. Since nothing much about his professional wrestling background is available, his solid wrestling game comes as a surprise. That said, his wrestling coach, Frank Hickman, mentioned that Yan is a fast learner and has incredible athleticism.

'No Mercy' is probably one of the best boxers in the entire UFC. Also, his attacks come from both angles. From both the stances, the Russian fighter is good both offensively and defensively. Having a boxing stance, Yan leaves himself vulnerable to leg kicks. However, his movement, speed, and counter-punching cover this flaw.

Overall, Yan could be one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the UFC. With age on his side, he may truly realize his potential in the upcoming years.

Petr Yan Career Highlights

'No Mercy' made his UFC debut in 2018. He made his presence felt in his first outing, as he lived up to his moniker and defeated Teruto Ishihara via a brutal knockout in the opening round. He continued racking up wins over top prospects and contenders like Douglas Silva de Andrade, John Dodson, and Jimmie Rivera.

Yan's mainstream appeal came at UFC 245 (Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber) when the UFC matched the young and hungry lion up against an aging UFC legend and former WEC champion, Urijah Faber. 'No Mercy' exploited the presented opportunity with a flawless beating of his opponent to become a contender in the division. The Russian dominated Faber and eventually finished him with a head kick in the third round.

In his next fight, the UFC matched Petr Yan against former featherweight champion Jose Aldo for the vacant bantamweight title, which shows how high Dana White was on Petr Yan.

Though many believed Aldo undeserving of the championship bout, the legend showed his peak form and looked better than ever.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 12: (R-L) Petr Yan of Russia punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Yet Yan, who started slowly but eventually took over the fight, pummeled Jose Aldo into oblivion and claimed the vacant UFC bantamweight gold. Petr Yan vs Jose Aldo ended in the fifth round.

Why did Petr Yan get disqualified?

In Petr Yan's first title defense against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 (co-main: Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling), he lost the title via disqualification (DQ due to an illegal knee). However, before making the erroneous decision, Yan had full control of the fight, both on the feet and on the ground. Hence, Aljamain Sterling won the UFC bantamweight title after Petr Yan attempted an illegal hit/foul.

Petr Yan vs Sterling's full fight lasted for R4 04:29 before the illegal knee strike from 'No Mercy.' The Petr Yan knee video shows the referee mentioning the grounded position of Aljamain Sterling.

Since the conclusion of the fight was unsatisfactory, a rematch (Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling 2) was warranted. That said, after their first bout, 'Funk Master' went under the knife, which delayed their rematch. When the two were finally booked, Sterling pulled out of the fight as the doctors did not clear him to compete.

Hence, the UFC booked Petr Yan vs. Cory Sandhagen for the interim UFC bantamweight title on October 30, 2021, at UFC 267. In a showcase of pure martial arts, a striking lesson for the ages, Yan secured the win via a unanimous decision. Though Sandhagen had early success pressuring Yan and moving away from the strikes, 'No Mercy' used his creativity on the feet and outclassed 'The Sandman'.

Yan advanced to 8-1 in his UFC career after the victory at UFC 267.

Petr Yan's next fight will take place in the co-main event of UFC 273 PPV against UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. The unification bout (Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan 2) will decide how the first fight would have gone if not for the DQ. 

What is Petr Yan's history and background?

Yan started his journey as an amateur boxer. At a very young age, 'No Mercy' would secretly follow his elder brother to a boxing gym. After competing for eight years in boxing, he achieved the rank of 'Master of Sport' in boxing at 141 lbs/64 kg. He also holds a degree in Physical Culture and Sport from Siberian Federal University.

Besides being a former UFC bantamweight champion, the current interim UFC bantamweight champion has won one 'Fight of the Night' bonus against Jin Soo Son, and one 'Performance of the Night' bonus against Urijah Faber. Also, for the striking masterclass at UFC 267, his bout against Cory Sandhagen received 'Fight of the Night' bonus.

In addition, he was also the Absolute Championship Berkut bantamweight champion. He holds a stellar record of 16-2-0 in his MMA career.

Petr Yan: Net Worth and Salary 2022

Petr Yan has earned around $1,303,500 from his UFC career, according to The Sports Daily. He earned $282,000 for his championship bout against Cory Sandhagen. Yan has a net worth of $1.5 million.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Petr Yan of Russia punches Cory Sandhagen in the UFC interim bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on October 30, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Petr Yan: Endorsements 2022

Petr Yan has an endorsement deal with Gorilla Energy Drink. He is also sponsored by Paribet as per his social media accounts.

Petr Yan foundation and charity

There are no details available about any of Petr Yan's charities or foundations.

Petr Yan: Personal life


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Petr Yan's wife is Julia Yan. The couple has two beautiful kids.

How to Contact Petr Yan?

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Nickname No Mercy
HometownKrasnoyarsk Krai, Russia
TeamTeam Yan
Height5' 7"
Weight / Division135 lbs / Bantamweight
Leg Reach38"
Record16-2-0, 0NC
Active Win Streak1
Wins by Stoppages8 (7 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission)
Net Worth1.5 million
EndorsementsGorilla Energy, Reebok, Paribet
Marital StatusMarried
Wife NameJulia Yan