Aljamain Sterling was set to get his first shot at the UFC’s bantamweight title in December at UFC 256. However, recent developments suggest ‘Funkmaster’ will have to wait a little while longer before he can fight Petr Yan for the title.
Aljamain Sterling is currently on a five-fight win streak. Most recently, he took on Corey Sandhagen in a title eliminator fight. It took ‘Funkmaster’ all of one minute and 28 seconds to submit Sandhagen. In the process, he cemented his place as the undisputed number one Contender. The title fight however looks like it will take place in early 2021.
‘Funk Master’ took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the canceled fight. He tweeted, “Everything happens for a reason. I hope everything is good with you and your family .(Petr Yan) We will settle our business when you can be 100% focused and ready to give the fans the best show we can. See you soon.”
Due to the current situation in the world, the UFC has had to cancel a lot of fights. Yan is willing and able to fight. However, visa issues have meant that he will be unable to travel to the United States due to which the UFC canceled the title fight.
The UFC 256 card has been plagued with title cancellations. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ vs Gilbert Burns was supposed to headline the card. However, the champion needed more time, and they rescheduled the fight for a later date.
Subsequently, Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson were supposed to headline the card however injury forced ‘The Lioness’, and the card suffered a second title fight cancellation.
With Yan vs Sterling now canceled, the fight between Figueiredo and Moreno is most likely going to be the main at UFC 256, though it is not confirmed yet.
It will be difficult for the promotion to arrange another title fight for the event that is only three weeks away. MMA fans will hope that Yan can figure out his visa issues and fight Sterling for the belt as soon as possible in 2021.
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