Petr Yan already has his own mural in Russia following title fight win.
You have to be a pretty important person to inspire a mural in your likeness and UFC bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, is a pretty important person, especially to the Russian people.
A new mural was unveiled this week, just days after Yan defeated one of the greatest Brazilian MMA fighters of all time, Jose Aldo, to secure the vacant title.
“Petr masterfully deals with his rivals, like a real artist with a canvas,” the caption (translated from Russian) reads. “It’s nice to give gifts to such great people. Respect for the victory.”
The art is located in St. Petersburg, Russia and was done by the talented artist behind SPB Colors.
Yan is not the only UFC fighter to inspire a mural, here are a few more MMA murals throughout the years.
Nate Diaz mural
Cris Cyborg mural
Conor McGregor mural
Ronda Rousey mural
Israel Adesanya mural
Needless to say, having Yan’s name among some of the greatest MMA fighters ever is a huge honor and cements himself into the history books as one to watch.
Yan defeated Aldo after absolutely tearing him apart for nearly five full rounds. He finally got the finish in the fifth round after an arguably shockingly late stoppage. He was able to fight for the title after former double champion Henry Cejudo retired from the UFC leaving two divisions in the lurch.