Joe Rogan Says Khabib Nurmagomedov Heard Petr Yan’s Corner Plan an Illegal Knee Before Disqualification at UFC 259

Published 03/07/2021, 2:43 AM EST


Aljamain Sterling won the bantamweight title at UFC 259 after Petr Yan landed an illegal knee on him during their fight. Sterling was visibly hurt following the knee from ‘No Mercy’ and wasn’t able to continue any further. Hence, Yan was disqualified, and Sterling was crowned as the champion.

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During Sterling’s post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, the UFC color commentator told him that lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, informed the commentary crew that Yan actually asked his corner before landing the illegal shot. They told him to proceed with the move. However, the exchanged words are not actually clear.

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Let me tell you, it Khabib Nurmagomedov just told us and he was there in the corner. And he asked for, Yan asked his corner, do I hit him now? And his corner said yes, yes, kick him, and then he kneed you in the face, which was totally illegal. So he got bad advice from his own corner. I don’t know if it was a miscommunication,” said Rogan.

Petr Yan addressed the issue in his post-fight press conference and revealed he didn’t really understand what his corner was telling him in the moment.

“To be honest I didn’t really understand what they were telling me. I was just focused on the hand and focused on throwing the knee when he will be up.”

Russian MMA fans have cleared the situation up. The corner had told Petr Yan “ударь его”, which means ‘hit him’ in Russian. There was no specific instruction to throw the particular knee, so it can all be chalked up to a bad moment in a stressful situation.

INGLEWOOD, CA – DECEMBER 29: Petr Yan of Russia stands in his corner prior to his bantamweight bout against Douglas Silva de Andrade of Brazil during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Nonetheless, it was a bizarre move on Yan’s part as the champion should know the rules by himself after having so much experience under his belt in his fighting career.

Will there be a rematch between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling?

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Sterling was severely concussed after getting kneed by Yan. However, one might argue that despite losing the fight, Yan didn’t lose his belt. It was a blatant decision at the heat of the moment that cost him the fight. Also, the involvement of his corner in his decision-making was very confusing.

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)

Sterling, too, was upset about how the fight ended and dropped the belt onto the Octagon floor after White wrapped it around his waist. So, a rematch seems a feasible option once they are both fit to go. Fans will hope that round two will be a nice clean fight.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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