Aljamain Sterling Insists His UFC 273 Performance Against Petr Yan Will Be ‘Legendary’

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 5, 2022
    Aljamain Sterling

    UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling claims that spectators and onlookers will describe his UFC 273 performance against interim titleholder, Petr Yan as “legendary” – as the pair prepare to lock horns in a long-awaited rematch.

    Sterling, who became the first champion in promotional antiquity to lift gold courtesy of a disqualification victory, was awarded the undisputed bantamweight title back in March of last year at UFC 259, after Yan landed a fourth round illegal knee leaving Sterling unable to continue, following a one-sided showing.

    The pair were subsequently booked to co-headline UFC 267 back in October on ‘Fight Island’ – until Sterling was denied medical clearance to compete as he dealt with neck issues and muscle loss following an invasive neck surgery earlier that summer.

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    As a result, Yan continued at the event in Abu Dhabi, UAE – landing the interim title with a unanimous decision victory against common-opponent, Cory Sandhagen over the course of a five round co-main event.

    Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan have continually fired barbs at each other ahead of UFC 273

    Now slated to finally rematch in a bid to successfully unify the bantamweight crowns at UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Florida – Uniondale native, Sterling has claimed that post-fight opinion will revolve around how “legendary” his performance was against Yan in the wake of a successful title unification win for him.

    “The domination that I plan on having in this fight (against Petr Yan), if it goes the way I believe it can go,” Aljamain Sterling said during a recent interview with MMA Junkie reporter, Nolan King. “I think people are going to be using the word, ‘legendary’.”

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    Earlier this week, Yan claimed that he would also “kill” Sterling during the pair’s Sunshine State re-run, labelling his fellow champion a “chicken”.

    “I’ll kill him (Aljamain Sterling) Saturday,” Petr Yan said. “If we will talk with the chicken, we call Sterling. I kill him, yes. It will (be) better how (it) was last time. Last time, he cry. After this fight, he don’t cry, he will sleep.”

    Before his victory over Yan – which many have placed an asterisk of sorts beside, Sterling earned his shot at the undisputed crown off the back of a massively impressive opening minute rear-naked choke victory over the above noted, Sandhagen at UFC 250 in June 2020.