Apparently, the long-awaited rematch between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, fit for the bodyweight belt (61 kg), is close to becoming official. Through your official Twitter account (see below or click over here), the Jamaican revealed that he will put the title on the line against the Russian on October 30, the date on which UFC 267, which will be hosted by Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), is scheduled to take place.
The champion also expected that if he wins in the rematch against the Russian, he intends to defend his title against the winner of the duel between Cory Sandhagen and TJ Delashaw, which will take place on Saturday (24), at UFC Vegas 32. According to the “MMA Fighting” website, the agreement The dispute between Sterling and Yan is only verbal at the moment, and he lacks a contract signing.
“Oct 30, Abu Dhabi, all talks end! Slipihagen (Sandhagen) or Needlecho (Delashaw), the winner gets the next blow after taking (Peter) Jan out of circulation in 3 (rounds)! The only interesting thing about this sport is hard work! Working class! Dana White privileges are not granted,” Aljamain Sterling wrote on Twitter.
If officially announced, the bout between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will be the second confirmed title match for UFC 267, as the showdown between Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, valid for the light heavyweight belt (93kg)), should also be part of the ticket. . Interestingly, according to “BT Sport” correspondent Ariel Halawani, although it is a numbered event, Issue 267 should not be broadcast via the pay-per-view system in the United States, as is customary.
In fact, there is an expectation that UFC 267 will be broadcast on US ‘ESPN’ channels. If all is confirmed, it will be the first numbered event for Ultimate that no pay-per-view sale since version 138, which was held in 2011, in the UK, and which was moved with delay to the US, through the Spike channel.
The rematch between Sterling and Jan comes about seven months after the two fighters first met. In March of this year, the Russian – bantamweight champion – was dominating the fight when, in the fourth round, he delivered an illegal blow to the opponent. In return, the Jamaican claimed that he would not be able to continue the fight, causing his opponent to be disqualified, thus ensuring his victory and taking the title.
The controversial outcome of the fight generated massive repercussions and Sterling was widely criticized by fans and athletes, who hinted that the Jamaican would have emerged victorious. In the rematch, which Dana White confirmed immediately after the first duel, the cockerel will now have the opportunity to prove that he did not choose the easiest path to reach the conquest and finally be recognized as a true champion.
October 30 in Abu Dhabi, all the talk is over! Sleepyhagen or Needleshaw, the winner gets the next whooping after you put Jan away at 3!
The only thing that matters in this sport is hard blue collar work! Have Dana White privileges ever been given to me?#and still! # Georgia ?? pic.twitter.com/BvkEaKfEgs
– Aljamin Sterling (funkmasterMMA) 24 July 2021
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