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New bantamweight champion crowned at UFC 251

Two months after the UFC bantamweight title was vacated when Henry Cejudo retired, it now has a new home as Petr Yan defeated Jose Aldo by fifth round TKO at Saturday's UFC 251 to take the belt.

While Aldo was game, Yan was in attack mode all night, hurting Aldo at the end of several rounds and taking full control in the fifth stanza. He battered and bloodied the former featherweight champion with unanswered ground and pound to the point the fight could, and probably should, have been stopped.

Yan (15-1) landed 62 significant strikes to Aldo's one in the final round, and Yan's 192 significant strikes over the course of the bout set a new UFC/WEC record. The 33-year-old Also has lost three straight and five of his last seven.

The 27-year-old has won in all seven of his trips to the Octagon with four stoppages. He now awaits the challenge of Aljamain Sterling who recently defeated Cory Sandhagen to earn the opportunity.