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“I think there’s still a respect factor there,” Sterling said of Yan recently. “I think he knows I’m a dangerous opponent, otherwise he wouldn’t be in Dagestan wrestling right now. … It’s gonna be a very interesting night.
“I want to see if he can make up for that gap in the wrestling and grappling department in a couple of short months, so I think he’s taking me serious. I’m taking him serious, and I can’t wait for the opportunity.”
Yan has shared pictures of himself training his grappling in Dagestan in recent months, but his latest social media posts show him back in Ekaterinburg with his ‘Archangel Michael’ team.