Bantamweight champion Petr yan and challenger Aljamain Sterling had a fiery look at the UFC 259 pre-fight press conference. Sterling vowed to break Yan on fight night, but the champion remained stoic and responded with a few words.
Petr Yan set to attempt first successful bantamweight title defense against stacked Aljamain Sterling UFC 259 fight card. Of the three championship fights on the main map, this is the one with the most intrigue and will also be difficult to predict.
While Amanda Nunes (-1050) and Israel Adesanya (-230) are clearly betting favorites in their respective fights, Yan and Sterling are neck and neck at -110.
Petr Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) won the vacant UFC bantamweight title against former featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 251 in July 2020. Yan is one of the top boxers in the world. ‘UFC right now and beat four of its seven UFC opponents via KO / TKO.
No.1 bantamweight-ranked Aljamain Sterling (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) is on a five-game winning streak that culminated in an impressive win over No.2-ranked Cory Sandhagen at the UFC 250. Sterling has a terrifying fight. game and his feud with the champion escalated even before the fight became official.
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling radiate trust and respect
Petr Yan is a forward while Aljamain Sterling has a clear advantage in grappling. Both fighters were invited to share their thoughts on the weaker aspect of their opponent’s game. Despite the longtime beef, the duo expressed themselves very well but showed supreme confidence in their ability to win the belt on Saturday March 6.
“I think Petr has really good grappling. I just don’t think it’s up to mine… Some of the competition he’s faced, I have to train with these guys too. … back, as these guys have argued in the past, it’s gonna be a problem and it’s gonna be a short night, “said Aljamain Sterling.
“He’s got a good shot, but compared to mine I’m sure I’ll knock him out,” said Petr Yan.