Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder Petr Yan will defend his 135-pound strap against No. 1-ranked division contender Aljamain Sterling at the UFC 259 pay-per-view (PPV) event TONIGHT (Sat., March 6, 2021) inside APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Yan (15-1) captured the vacant crown with a technical knockout win over Jose Aldo at UFC 251 in July 2020. It was the tenth straight victory for “No Mercy” since crossing over from Absolute Championship Akhmat roughly two years back.
As for Sterling (19-3), the “Funk Master” bounced back from a knockout loss to Marlon Moraes by stringing together five straight wins, including his UFC 250 submission victory over red-hot contender Cory Sandhagen in June 2020.
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