Aljamain Sterling Discloses a Major Change He Will Make to His Gameplan Ahead of Petr Yan Rematch

Published 12/28/2021, 2:15 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Aljamain Sterling prepares to fight Cory Sandhagen in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Aljamain Sterling is now one of the best bantamweight fighters in the promotion. His grappling abilities are among the finest, and his striking is also very impressive. These abilities have helped him to become the UFC bantamweight champion. However, many people feel that he doesn’t deserve to be a champion.

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Sterling defeated Petr Yan by DQ earlier this year at UFC 259 and walked away with the title. Yan delivered a knee to the head of Sterling while he was down, and Sterling claimed he couldn’t continue the battle. If he had been able to continue, the battle would possibly have been decided in Yan’s favor. Many feel he pretended to be unable to continue in order to win the title.

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Recently, Sterling opened up about how he felt while re-watching his fight at UFC 259 on his own podcast show, The Weekly Scraps.  

He said,” I watched it at the end and that last five seconds of the fight where Mark Smith tells him, he’s down… and I think it was five or six seconds goes by man and he cracks me with a knee. That I do not see at all. And I got emotional. I got emotional because it was like, I felt like I was reliving that moment again.”

Sterling added,” I felt like I was back during that day, feeling like sh*t. Frustrated because there was nothing I could do because the ships have sailed. “

He then revealed his plan for his next fight against Petr Yan. He said, “I’m going to be sure not to fight emotional.”

When will Aljamain Sterling fight next?

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Sterling has been out of action for a long time after sustaining a severe neck injury for which he needed surgery. He and Petr Yan, on the other hand, are always taking shots at one other on social media. Aljamain Sterling recently announced a probable date for their rematch in a Twitter post.

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According to the ‘Funkmaster’, he’ll be fighting Petr Yan for the belt in “early 2022.”

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the rematch? Petr Yan or Aljamain Sterling? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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