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Midnight Mania! Aljamain Sterling questions why Petr Yan is ‘being rewarded’ with a rematch following disqualification

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I don’t believe Aljamain Sterling is afraid of Petr Yan or ducking a rematch with the Russian, but this isn’t going to convince any detractors.

At the UFC 260 media scrum, the Bantamweight champion questioned why his opponent deserved a rematch. It was ruled that Yan intentionally cheated, so shouldn’t there be consequences to those actions beyond losing the belt?

“Aljo” believes so.

“Any other sport when you do something intentionally illegal you get suspended, you get fined, you get ejected from the game. This guy is getting rewarded with a rematch, which I get is a big fight,” Sterling said (transcription via “But, it is like, we can just break the rules and nothing is ever going to happen to us. I can just jump the Octagon and nothing is going to happen, I can go and fight another corner or push him after the bell and nothing is ever going to happen. It’s like, I feel like when you have rules for a reason and you have to enforce them or otherwise let’s just run it up.”

Before the illegal knee, Yan was well on his way to victory opposite Sterling, landing the harder shots even before his foe began to fatigue. That’s a big part of the necessity of the rematch: Sterling still has to prove himself the better man.

Ultimately, he’ll have the opportunity to do so when the fight is likely rebooked sometime this year.


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