Petr Yan weathered an early storm of leg kicks and then came on strong in the second half of the fight to stop Jose Aldo in the fifth round and claim the vacant UFC bantamweight championship early Sunday on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.Both fighters were tentative in the first round: Aldo fished for leg kicks while Yan sought to find his range. Yan hurt Aldo late in the round when he reversed a takedown attempt and landed a hard punch to the body that caused the Brazilian to fold up. Fortunately for Aldo, the round ended. Aldo came on strong in the second and third rounds by cutting loose leg kicks and working the body with hooks to the ribs. But Yan sucked it up, noticed Aldo fading and cranked up the pressure in the fourth round.What started slowly began rolling into an avalanche of punishment as Yan landed with alarming frequency and sent Aldo into retreat mode. By the time the fifth round began, it was clear that Aldo was running on fumes, and Yan took full advantage. An uppercut sent the former featherweight champion to the canvas and Yan followed him to the mat with a savage display of ground and pound.Referee Leon Roberts could have stopped the fight at any point during the brutal barrage, which went unanswered, and he will certainly be criticized for allowing the bout to go as long as it did. Roberts mercifully stopped it at 3:24 of the fifth, marking the start of a new era in the bantamweight division. UFC 251 ON FIGHT ISLAND: Results, highlights
The Tourism Ministry will ramp up efforts in 2017 to improve and make Diaspora tourism more sophisticated in an effort to enhance Guyana’s economy.director-general-of-tourism-donald-sinclairDirector General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, in an interview, said that special attention must be paid to Diaspora tourism, which must be marketed differently.“We get frequent visits from persons in the Diaspora who want to offer their help and play a role in driving more Guyanese to visit Guyana. It is not easy to say ‘they’re Guyanese, so they must come’, that is a serious mistake, so we have to be careful,” Sinclair explained.He pointed out that as the tourism sector grows, there are alternatives to take into consideration to attract more tourists. The Ministry is exploring different markets, “including the weekenders, you can come into Guyana spend a weekend… other niche markets, yachts and cruises for example, so we’re looking to grow some specific markets and identify some hot spots”, Sinclair explained.The Director General noted that for many years the Rupununi Savannahs have been the hotspot area along with Bartica, Essequibo, Mahaica River, some areas of Canje and Demerara. “Depending on the planning, the attractions that you’re identifying could be significant tourism hotspots that would significantly impact Guyana’s economy at large.”Additionally, the Indigenous, African and Indian cultures are also of potential interest to tourists, but it is important to protect these cultures and communities, particularly hinterland communities, from the negative impact tourism can have on their traditional way of life, Sinclair explained. Diaspora tourism can also promote a number of Guyana’s sites, including Fort Island, Magdalenenburg and Fort Kyk-Over-Al, both for their historical and architectural value, Sinclair stated.