Paul Rouget: printed on Monday March 08, 2021 at 11:52 a.m.
Russian Petr Yan had to surrender his UFC bantamweight belt on Saturday evening in Las Vegas after inflicting an unlawful knee strike on American Aljamain Sterling.
Unbeaten since his arrival within the UFC, Petr Yan misplaced for the primary time since his arrival within the queen group of MMA on Saturday evening in Las Vegas. The Russian dominated the debates in opposition to Aljamain Sterling, however was disqualified within the fourth spherical by inflicting an unlawful knee strike within the head of his opponent, who then had one knee on the bottom. “You saw what happened, I don’t even know what to say, he then commented at a press conference. And I obviously didn’t want to do an illegal move. “ He thus misplaced his bantamweight world champion’s belt, which Sterling initially refused to put on within the octagon … earlier than posing with a number of hours later alongside a teammate.
“Glad to see the champion is doing better now …” Yan commented wryly on Twitter, reposting the image of Sterling with the belt on. His American opponent replied to him a number of occasions on the identical social community, assuring that he was nonetheless up for a rematch and that the battle was “statistically tighter” than what may very well be mentioned. Before justifying himself once more on Instagram. “I didn’t win this UFC belt the way I imagined, but I also didn’t do anything illegal. My friends and family walked many miles to see me, and asked me to lift the belt like a champion, because I behave like one. If this offends you, then you are lacking love in your life, and you have to deal with your own issues. I am the “champion”, but I will not feel 100% validated as long as I have not defended this belt as I wanted to win it “, he wrote thus. It guarantees for the revenge …