In the first UFC 259 title fight, Yan and Sterling went back and forth for four rounds in an exciting and highly competitive fight. However, the fight ended in a rather controversial fashion when Yan hit his opponent with an illegal knee which led to a disqualification.
The fight ended with the crowning of a new champion via DQ – the first time in UFC history. Naturally, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan were disappointed with the result and made it clear that they wanted to come back as soon as possible.
Here’s what Dana White had to say when asked about the prospect of a rematch between Yan and Sterling:
“Yeah, it took a hard time. It was a good fight, I mean it was a fight everyone was excited about tonight, everyone knew it was gonna be good. a bad fight. Yeah, ASAP [In response to Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan running back the rematch]. “
Aljamain Sterling has become the new UFC bantamweight champion in a very controversial way. However, there is no doubt that the new champion will be eager to defend his title against Yan right away.
Dana White also clarified that Sterling was rushed to hospital right after the fight and suffered no significant damage.
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Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan could fight in rematch later this year
Dana White has not announced a potential date for the rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan.
However, the UFC president said he would sit down with the rest of his team on Tuesday and understand more about matchmaking after UFC 259.
A title fight at UFC 262 seems like a realistic choice in the wake of UFC 259.