UFC 259 – In his first bantamweight belt protection, Petr Yan confronted No.1 within the standings Aljamain Sterling.
Round 1: Imposing huge strain to start out the combat, Aljamain Sterling dictates the primary spherical. Touching whereas standing (particularly in a jumped knee) and threatening in modifications of degree, the challenger is energetic. This stunning mastery is nevertheless brutally reversed after the knock-down suffered by Sterling. Hit by Petr Yan's again arm, Aljo is surprised. If he will get up, the challenger now not shows the identical domination.
Round 2: On the power of his success within the first spherical, Sterling continued his strain, efficiently. Unfortunately for him, the champion continues to be there… and doesn't appear to be bodily affected.
Round 3: Domination is really reversed on this spherical. It is now Petr Yan who places the strain, who touches, and who shines together with his protection of takedowns. More spectacular nonetheless, it punishes each failed take-down try by Sterling.
Round 4: The champion continues his work of upright undermining. Always extra dominated, Sterling cannot do it any extra. At the top of the spherical, Petr Yan makes an enormous mistake by committing a forbidden transfer. Knee to the bottom, Aljamain Sterling receives an enormous knee blow within the face: he's fully surprised, and the combat is over. After the physician's examination, the referee even decides to cease the shock! Aljo subsequently wins the title by disqualification.