‘Gonna Cut the Oxygen to Your Brain and Put You to Sleep’-Aljamain Sterling Warns Petr Yan of Rematch Consequences

Published 08/22/2021, 2:16 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Aljamain Sterling celebrates after his submission victory over 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)


The rematch for the bantamweight title between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan is all set to take place at UFC 267 at the Etihad arena in Abu Dhabi.  

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The former champion (Petr Yan), who lost his belt to Aljamain Sterling because of an illegal knee strike at UFC 259, recently took to Twitter to share the news of having officially signed off on all the paperwork for the event. He referred to Sterling as ‘prey’.   

On the other hand, Aljamain Sterling has now responded to the former champion’s tweet, issuing a stern warning to the Russian with the following statement. 

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‘Games? You had a shell of the Funk and you still couldn’t get the job done. Gonna cut the oxygen to your brain and put you to sleep, f**k boy!’   

The first fight between the two saw Petr Yan dictate all the action right from the start. The Russian’s relentless pressure and powerful strikes kept Sterling at bay, making it extremely tough for him to force Yan to engage in any grappling exchanges.

In fact, it was Petr Yan who was surprisingly successful at taking down Sterling more than once during their fight. However, soon after becoming the champion because of a disqualification, Aljamain Sterling revealed he had been suffering from a severe neck injury going into the matchup. This is the very reason Sterling chose not to give Yan an immediate rematch. Instead, he took the time off to go through with the surgery for his chronic neck ailment.

Having had a successful surgery, Sterling believes he will now display his true potential against his adversary. Either way, one can expect the rematch to be an exciting affair come fight night.

Aljamain Sterling: Will the ‘Funk Master’ stay on top? 

Currently on a six-fight win streak, Aljamain Sterling is one of the most talented fighters in the bantamweight division. His impressive performances against fighters like Cory Sandhagen and Pedro Munhoz are an indicator of his prowess in the cage.  

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However, his last performance against Petr Yan went quite the opposite, till the Russian threw an illegal knee at the end of the fourth round.

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Considering how competitive the bantamweight division is, Aljamain Sterling will have the chance to go through big names in the division, such as former champion T.J. Dillashaw and Jose Aldo. But it remains to be seen if he does so as the champion.

What do you think? How long will Aljamain Sterling rule the bantamweight division? Let us know in the comments.

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David Andrew

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David Andrew is an MMA author at EssentiallySports with a background in English Literature from St. Stephens College. Prior to his current role, David, who combines his passion for writing and combat sports, contributed to the MMA divisions at Sportskeeda and The Sportsrush.

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