‘Felt Like S**t Before the Fight’- Aljamain Sterling Claims Petr Yan Spoiled the Only Opportunity to Beat Him

Published 05/19/2021, 7:42 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Aljamain Sterling punches Petr Yan of Russia in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling took to social media and engaged in a fan discussion about his last fight. ‘The Funkmaster’ was crowned as the undisputed champion back at UFC 259 when he won the fight against Petr Yan. However, the manner in which he scalped the belt left plenty to be desired.

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Chiefly, Sterling went down as the first fighter to win a championship belt off the back of a disqualification. Yan landed a flagrant knee to a downed opponent that was deemed illegal and the fight was waved off in favor of Sterling. Even now, the MMA community continues to engage in fervent discussions about the incident.

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Aljamain Sterling grinds his gears for the rematch

The Serra-Longo standout provided some insight on the fight in question and reaffirmed the fact that he’s ready for the rematch. What’s more, Sterling went so far as to say that Petr Yan squandered the only opportunity he had to etch a win over him. It’s clear that as time rolls on, the contention continues to grow between both men.

Aljamain Sterling has taken some time off to deal with a lingering neck injury that he believes has hindered his performance. As is to be expected, Petr Yan saw Sterling’s delay as a reason for ducking him in a rematch. Chiefly, the accusations being hurled back and forth have only fueled the fire.

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The winner of the fight will definitely have the last laugh, and more importantly, dictate the direction of the division. There’s a sense of urgency to wrap up this chapter at bantamweight as many new contenders have emerged. The division has been somewhat log-jammed and a definitive end is what fans and contenders are looking for.

The return of TJ Dillashaw and the career resurgence of Cody Garbrandt have brought back two juggernauts in the division. There are many fights to make and the new champion could possibly set his legacy in stone. Not to mention, with Henry ‘Triple C’ Cejudo looking to make a comeback, things are bound to get even more interesting.

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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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