Is Petr Yan Chinese: Nationality, Ethnicity, Pronunciation and Language

Published 10/20/2021, 3:36 PM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Petr Yan of Russia stands in his corner prior to his bantamweight bout against Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Russia is a country known for churning out great fighters like Khabib Nurmagomedov. One such amazingly gifted fighter on the list is Petr Yan. Yan was born in 1993 and started his MMA career in 2014. In 2018, he joined UFC and fought his first UFC bout against Teruto Ishihara. Yan won the fight by delivering a knockout punch. 

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The 5’ 7’’ and 135 pounds fighter has a great fight record of 15 wins and 2 losses in his MMA career. Yan is also one of the most dominating fighters in the bantamweight division. His excellence in combat sport comes from years of training, his education in sports, and his former job as a bouncer.

His whole life has pretty much revolved around fighting. In fact, while growing up, Yan was frequently involved in street fights as well as fights at school. He seemed to enjoy fighting. To help young Petr Yan deal with his aggressiveness and rage, his parents thought that training in Taekwondo would provide him with an outlet. This was where combat sports first came into his life. He successfully made a career of what he could do best, that is, fight.  

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Petr Yan celebrates his victory over Urijah Faber in bantamweight fight during UFC 245 at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yan won the fight with a third-round knockout. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

His aggressive demeanor, yet cool and calculative fighting style, helped him claim the bantamweight title at UFC 251. After winning the belt by knocking out the legendary Jose Aldo, he went on to fight Aljamain Sterling. Unfortunately, Yan was disqualified due to landing an illegal knee on ‘Funk Master’. Because of this, he lost his hard-earned title.

Petr Yan’s nationality and ethnicity

Yan is a Russian and was born in Dudinka, Krasonyarsk Krai, Russia. It is interesting to know that Yan’s paternal grandfather was Chinese and his paternal grandmother was Russian. So, his father was half Chinese. Thus, Petr Yan has partly Chinese roots and has a mixed ethnic background. 

Petr Yan is pronounced as ‘Peo-ter Yan’. His first name is a typical Russian name, whereas his last name has Chinese origins. Yan lives in Russia but frequently travels to Phuket, Thailand to train. He generally trains at Tiger Muay Thai gym.

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Petr Yan speaks Russian. He speaks very little English and often requires a translator during interviews. However, he is working on it and his English has been improving. His English language skills are something that other fighters have made fun of. But Yan has always effectively responded with humorous comebacks.

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Yan’s immense dedication to the sport and his innate talent are aspects that heavily contribute to his success as a fighter. They also help him build a loyal fanbase. Perhaps this is how he quickly became a sensational UFC fighter. His fights are exciting, unpredictable, and aggressive; everything that UFC and MMA fans long to see.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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