‘My Resume Speaks for Itself’- Aljamain Sterling Hits Back at Petr Yan for ‘Oscar’ Comments

Published 06/19/2021, 11:25 AM EDT
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 16: Aljamain Sterling poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at Comerica Theatre on February 16, 2019 in the Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling took to Twitter and clapped back at Petr Yan for comments he made on social media. Yan and Sterling are bitter rivals in every sense of the word and there’s no love lost between them. Chiefly, the contentious interaction kicked off after Yan aimed fire at fellow contender Sean O’Malley.

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‘No Mercy’ lived up to his moniker and decided to troll Sterling as well and ‘The Funkmaster’ wasn’t taking things lying down. He didn’t appreciate Yan making fun of the way he won the bantamweight title back at UFC 259. Sterling has been labeled as an ‘Oscar’ winning actor for the manner in which he won the undisputed strap.

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Yan’s comments about Sterling began once UFC 259 wrapped up and Sterling was awarded the DQ win. Petr Yan landed a flagrant knee to a downed opponent that ultimately cost him his world championship. Up until that point, it seemed as though he was pulling away with the victory.

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)

However, Yan and his fans have labeled Sterling to be a seasoned actor who overplayed the severity of the strike he absorbed. ‘The Funkmaster’ has resisted such claims and undoubtedly will be looking to seek retribution in the rematch. Yan and Sterling are now at a crossroads and are keen to finally put an end to their beef.

However, the end to their rivalry won’t be coming anytime soon considering that Aljamain Sterling has taken some time off. He decided to undergo surgery for his neck and in turn, this has delayed the rematch with Petr Yan. ‘No Mercy’ Yan was not happy to learn about this delay and it has only gone on to nurture the enmity that already exists.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (L-R) Petr Yan of Russia punches Aljamain Sterling 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)

What’s more, the division as a whole has been brought to a standstill and the contenders are now lining up to secure their shot. The delay has caused several new contenders to emerge from the woodwork. As it stands, the 135-pound division is set to produce the best exciting match-ups in the months to come.

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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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