Rob Font believes a fight against Petr Yan makes sense if the Russian gets the itch to return.
At UFC 259, Yan threw an illegal knee and lost by DQ to Aljamain Sterling to lose his belt. Since then, the plan was to have a rematch but Sterling is on the sidelines after neck surgery so Font hopes Yan gets the itch to fight and they can book that scrap. Or, he says the loser of Cory Sandhagen vs. TJ Dillashaw makes sense.
“Best case scenario? They give me Petr Yan right now and we get it going,” Font stated to MMAFighting. “Maybe do it for an interim belt, but I doubt that happens. We’ll see what’s up, but give me Petr Yan. He’s the only one available, the fans want to see exciting fights and I know that’s an exciting fight and then I’ll take care of the belt for him. Just sit back, don’t worry about the belt, I’ll take it for him.
“Or, the loser, winner, whoever, of the Cory Sandhagen-T.J. Dillashaw fight,” Font continued, “I definitely don’t want to wait that long, though. But you never know what happens if someone gets hurt, injured, that’s another waiting list I could potentially be on. Realistically, I know I don’t want to fight backward. I’ll be patient. I’ve sat a year and I know what that feels like. There’s no need to fight anyone that’s behind me right now.”
Rob Font, however, knows he’s in a weird spot in the bantamweight division as Yan and Sterling will likely rematch and then Sandhagen-Dillashaw winner will face the winner of that. For Font, he’ll remain in the gym after his decision win over Cody Garbrandt and await his next opportunity. But, he knows he’s close to a title shot at 135lbs.