Betting Lines – Petr Yan Opens As Sizeable Favorite Over Aljamain Sterling Ahead Of UFC 272

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 7, 2022

    Interim UFC bantamweight champion, Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan has opened as a rather sizeable betting favorite over fellow champion, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling ahead of the rival’s title unification rematch at UFC 272 on March 5.

    Late last night, reports emerged detailing how the long-awaiting title rematch between Sterling and Yan had been booked for UFC 272 on March 5. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – with the two looking to settle their distinct hatred. 

    First throwing down back in March at UFC 259, Sterling became the first champion in promotional history to win a title courtesy of a disqualification, after Yan landed a fourth round illegal knee while the challenger was deemed a downed opponent.

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    Undergoing an invasive neck surgery in the months following his title victory, Sterling was expected to attempt to defend the undisputed bantamweight title against Yan at UFC 267 back in October on ‘Fight Island’, however, the Uniondale native failed to obtain medical clearance, as he suffered from neck pain and experienced muscle loss. 

    As a result, the organization introduced an interim title to the division, with Yan remaining on the card against short-notice replacement, Cory Sandhagen – taking home the title with an impressive unanimous decision victory.

    Calling for a rematch with Sterling immediately following his interim championship coronation, the two have now been booked to feature at UFC 272 in March.

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    Per online book, Sportsbetting_ag – interim titleholder, Yan has opened as a rather sizeable betting favorite over Sterling, opening at odds of -310, while Sterling comes in as an underdog +260.

    The opening line suggests Yan will close as an eventual favorite over Sterling come the March event, given the fact the Dudinka native started well against his challenger last year – before starting to build a considerable lead over the Serra-Longo Fight Team trainee on all three judge’s scorecards.