clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Video: Petr Yan trolls Aljamain Sterling, lands fake illegal knee at UFC 267 open workouts

Former UFC Bantamweight champion Petr Yan was stripped of his 135-pound strap by throwing (and landing) an illegal knee against Aljamain Sterling in their UFC 259 title fight last March in Las Vegas. “No Mercy” initially apologized for the fight-ending strike, then quickly reversed course and accused Sterling of taking the easy way out.

Only “Funk Master” knows for sure.

LIVE! Watch UFC 277 PPV On ESPN+ Here!

CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE-DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Sat., July 30, 2022, for the first time in almost four years, headlined by a thrilling women’s Bantamweight championship rematch between division queenpin, Julianna Peña, attempt her first successful title defense against former titleholder and current women’s Featherweight champion, Amanda Nunes. In UFC 277’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, an interim Flyweight champion will be crowned when former titleholder, Brandon Moreno, runs it back with Kai Kara-France.

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!

Yan continues to troll Sterling in the months that followed (sample) and ended his UFC 267 workout on Weds. by reenacting his illegal knee of doom. “No Mercy” will battle top contender Cory Sandhagen for the interim belt in the UFC 267 co-main event this Sat. afternoon (Oct. 30, 2021) on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

Sterling remains sidelined while recovering from neck surgery.

“Everything is excellent, I feel good, I’m happy to be back here,” Yan said after his workout. “A lot of Russian athletes (here), feels like being at home. I want them all to be victorious. Since UFC came to Russia it’s been very fast progress and I wish to continue that way. You’ll see everything Saturday night. I had a good camp. For me the most important is the belt. This is my goal.”

The winner is expected to face Sterling in early 2022.