Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan Postponed- Will Take Place at UFC 273

Published 01/11/2022, 11:53 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Petr Yan of Russia and Aljamain Sterling face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The highly anticipated UFC bantamweight title unification bout between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan has been moved to UFC 273. The fight card is set to be headlined by a featherweight title clash between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung.

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The aforementioned bouts were initially announced as the co-main and main event for UFC 272 on March 5, 2021. However, plans have changed and Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal has now been announced as the headliner for UFC 272.

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Aljamain Sterling hinted at a move to UFC 273 when he spoke out about the same on his podcast, ‘The Weekly Scraps.’ Sterling put forth his theory as to why the UFC decided to move the contest to April after an original booking of March.

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“Quick update, I know you guys probably seen some of the news, but yes, they are talking about pushing our fight back to April,” Sterling said on his podcast. “Not because of me. This is what I was told that Yan isn’t vaccinated. Yan isn’t vaccinated, so he can’t fight in March.”

“‘I’m Yan and I’m not vaccinated so I can’t fight in March… I respect it, but it doesn’t make any sense and I’m making fun of it because it’s like was he going to be vaccinated in April? I don’t think so.”

Petr Yan jabs back at rival Aljamain Sterling

No Mercy’ Yan didn’t take too kindly to the claim that Sterling made on his podcast. Yan went off on ‘Funk Master’, calling him a ‘pathetic liar’ and he slammed Sterling’s claim that he was unvaccinated. He also went on to throw shade at Sterling’s status as the undisputed champion of the bantamweight division.

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It’s clear as day that both Sterling and Yan have no love lost for each other and will settle their score in the octagon. Not to mention, as their bout is a unification contest, the true undisputed champion will be determined when it’s all said and done.

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The bantamweight division has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to its contenders and the division will benefit from moving forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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