That night in Las Vegas, Aljamain Sterling did his best against Petr Yan, but ultimately many fans felt that “No Mercy” Yan was starting to push ahead on the scorecards, heading into the later rounds of the fight.
Unfortunately, an illegal knee resulted in Petr Yan’s disqualification, which resulted in Aljamain Sterling receiving the UFC bantamweight title.
Aljamain Sterling has now taken the time to reflect on his performance at UFC 259 and how he felt before.
“Felt like shit before the fight. I said this multiple times. Yan blew it. That won’t happen again. Last time I felt like that I did a fasten sparring on a Saturday at 1pm 3 weeks before the fight. Never again.”
Sterling has been ridiculed on social media and by fans for what they believe to have been “acting” on his part after the knee. Still, even after all of the talk and all of the banter between the two men, the way this is ultimately going to be settled is by them having a rematch inside the cage.
The expectation is that it could happen before the end of the year as Aljo continues his recovery from neck surgery, with Yan quite clearly chomping at the bit to get his hands on Sterling for the second time.
Elsewhere, the bantamweight division is really starting to heat up and become one of the most elite divisions in the entire promotion.