MOSCOW, September 29. / TASS /. Russian mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the bantamweight category Petr Yan believes Aljamain Sterling of the United States should be stripped of his league title, Russian Fight Club Arkhangel Mikhail said, citing the Russian athlete.
The MMA Fighting portal reported on September 25 that a rematch between Yan and Aljamain Sterling of the United States had been called off due to an injury to the American fighter’s neck. The fight was scheduled to take place at the UFC 267 tournament in Abu Dhabi on October 30.
However, the Russian fighter continued his training for combat and was eventually pitted against Cory Sandhagen of the United States.
“Sandhagen is a decent opponent for the title fight as he is a very dangerous and tough competitor and has shown an exceptional fight against [US fighter T.J.] Dillashaw, ”Yan said.
In his fight against Dillashaw on July 24, Sandhagen lost to a split decision by the judges in Round 5.
Former UFC Champion Yan held a title defense fight against Sterling on March 7, 2021, at UFC 259 in Las Vegas. The Russian fighter was disqualified after striking Sterling with a knee to the head while his opponent was on the ground (when one of the opponents was prone or kneeling) in the fourth round of the bout. The Russian lost his UFC title in the bantamweight category.
Russian Yan, 28, nicknamed “No Mercy”, won the UFC bantamweight world champion title on the night of July 11, 2020, after beating Brazilian Jose “Junior” Aldo with a technical knockout in the 5th round. .
The Russian fighter from the city of Yekaterinburg in the Urals has a record of 15 wins (seven by KO / TKO, one by submission and seven by decision) and two losses.
The UFC (the Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the world’s largest MMA (mixed martial arts) promotional event featuring the best fighters in the world. Many Russian fighters participate in UFC competitions.