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Petr Yan on UFC 259 DQ loss to Aljamain Sterling: 'I didn't mean to do an illegal shot'

1 month ago   |   By MMAjunkie

LAS VEGAS - Although it was ruled intentional, Petr Yan says he didn't mean to commit a foul against Aljamain Sterling .
The Russian fighter lost his bantamweight title Saturday at UFC 259 after landing an illegal knee on Sterling in the fourth round of their championship bout.
Yan connected with a hard knee while Sterling sat on his right leg with his knee on the canvas - making Sterling a grounded opponent and illegal to attack with a knee or kick to the head, according to the rules. Dazed from the blow, Sterling immediately hit the canvas. After Sterling was unable to continue, referee...
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‘I didn't mean it': Petr Yan issues apology after being DISQUALIFIED for illegal strike in UFC 259 title fight with Sterling

‘I didn't mean it': Petr Yan issues apology after being DISQUALIFIED for illegal strike in UFC 259 title fight with Sterling

1 month ago   |   By RT

Petr Yan has apologized to bantamweight rival Aljamain Sterling for the illegal knee strike with cost the Russian his title at UFC 259.
Defending champion Yan caught Sterling with the illegal shot in round four of their contest in Las Vegas, driving a knee into the American's head as he was on one knee on the canvas.
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Moment of madness: ILLEGAL KNEE costs Petr Yan UFC title as he is disqualified against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259
It was a blatantly outlawed move and saw Yan disqualified by referee Mark Smith and Sterling crowned the new champion.
“I apologize and wish...
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Aljamain Sterling Wants UFC Rematch Against Petr Yan After Controversial DQ Win

Aljamain Sterling Wants UFC Rematch Against Petr Yan After Controversial DQ Win

1 month ago   |   By Bleacher Report

Petr Yan lost his UFC Bantamweight Championship belt to challenger Aljamain Sterling after delivering an illegal knee, causing a fourth-round disqualification...
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UFC 259 results: Petr Yan disqualified for illegal knee, loses title to Aljamain Sterling

UFC 259 results: Petr Yan disqualified for illegal knee, loses title to Aljamain Sterling

1 month ago   |   By MMAjunkie

Aljamain Sterling is the new UFC bantamweight champion, but the circumstances surrounding his title-clinching performance were anything but usual.
On Saturday at UFC 259, when he challenged Petr Yan for the bantamweight title, Sterling became the first fighter in UFC history to earn a championship due to disqualification. Sterling absorbed an illegal knee from Yan at 4:29 of Round 4 and was deemed unable to continue by referee Mark Smith.
The first of three title fights at UFC 259, Yan vs. Sterling was an elite, barnburner of a contest for three-plus rounds. The fight was offense-heavy...
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UFC 259 results, highlights: Aljamain Sterling earns 135-pound title after Petr Yan's illegal knee leads to DQ

1 month ago   |   By CBS Sports

It's the first time in UFC history that a title has changed hands via disqualification
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Moment of madness: ILLEGAL KNEE costs Petr Yan UFC title as he is disqualified against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259

Moment of madness: ILLEGAL KNEE costs Petr Yan UFC title as he is disqualified against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259

1 month ago   |   By RT

Russia's Petr Yan relinquished his UFC bantamweight title in crushing fashion after being disqualified against Aljamain Sterling for an illegal knee strike in the fourth round of their contest.
Yan was ahead on the scorecards in Las Vegas and was in the ascendency before a moment of madness as he caught Sterling with a knee as the American was on one knee on the canvas.
you cant do that. UFC259 pic.twitter.com/uxFBb26YCA - Tony X March 7, 2021
A dazed Sterling was given time to recover but was ultimately unable to continue, with the contest being waved off by referee Mark Smith. The move...
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Twitter reacts to Aljamain Sterling's DQ win to take title from Petr Yan at UFC 259

1 month ago   |   By MMAjunkie

Aljamain Sterling lived up to his promise to claim UFC bantamweight gold on Saturday when he dethroned Petr Yan at UFC 259 - but it didn't come in the way anyone expected.
Sterling ended Yan's reign before it could get any momentum and became the fifth titleholder in divisional history when he took the belt by disqualification after Yan landed an illegal knee in the fourth round of the featured matchup, which took place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Sterling's title victory over Yan at UFC 259.
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