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Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling bantamweight title fight off UFC 256

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A title fight added to UFC 256 ... a title fight taken away. Just another day in the world of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

UFC 251: Yan v Aldo Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

Well, now we know why Dana White was so eager to get Deiveson Figueiredo to defend his title again in 21 days at UFC 256.

The pay-per-view (PPV) event was originally set to be headlined by Bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, taking on Aljamain Sterling. But, now ESPN is reporting that the 135-pound title fight is off the card for “undisclosed reasons.” All that’s being said is that, “Yan is not injured.”

Hmm ...

Yan hasn’t come out on social media to explain the situation ... which is unsurprising since his last tweet came back on Nov. 3, 2020. But his opponent Aljamain Sterling is a lot more active on Twitter and basically live blogged the situation from rumor to confirmation.

Here’s the current UFC 256 line up which, as should be obvious from this post, is very subject to change.

  • Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Brandon Moreno for 125 pound flyweight title
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Charles Oliveira
  • Dwight Grant vs. Li Jingliang
  • Ronaldo Souza vs. Marvin Vettori
  • Angela Hill vs. Tecia Torres
  • Mackenzie Dern vs. Virna Jandiroba
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. opponent TBA
  • Serghei Spivac vs. Jared Vanderaa
  • Dalcha Lungiambula vs. Karl Roberson
  • Peter Barrett vs. Chase Hooper
  • Billy Quarantillo vs. Gavin Tucker
  • Andrea Lee vs. Gillian Robertson
  • Rafael Fiziev vs. Renato Moicano

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 256 fight card right here, starting with the early ESPN+ “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN 2/ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+ PPV.

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