Less than two weeks before the UFC bantamweight title fight at UFC 259, neither champion Petr Yan nor his challenger Aljamain Sterling step backwards on pre-fight insults.
Russia’s Yan will attempt to defend his 135 pound championship at the March 6 event, which will host three world championships – but neither man appears willing to wait two weeks to fire some shots at their rivals.
As fight fans will acknowledge, Yan has been near perfect since joining the UFC after completing impressive training at Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB), where he quickly rose through the ranks to become their bantamweight title holder.
His rise to the UFC ranks seemed assured, especially in his last two bouts with Russian MMA promotion, in which he impressed in victories against Magomed Magomedov and Mattheus Mattos – both of whom have since switched to Bellator MMA, by the way.
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Yan lived up to his nickname, showing “No Mercy” to a number of fighters since making his UFC debut in the summer of 2018 – including completing established legends Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo in his last two, the latter of which Yan secured the recently released Bantamweight title.
Sterner tests are waiting for him, however – and perhaps no more than the man he will face in Las Vegas in a few weeks.
Nobody – not even Yan himself – could deny that Aljamain Sterling didn’t deserve his chance to become world champion.
Team Serra-Longo’s fighter, who has won seven of his last eight, has an excellent submission sense, as demonstrated by the recent spectacular results from Cory Sandhagen and Submission Candidate of the Year ‘Suloev Stretch’ against Cody Stamann in 2018.
And since the stakes are as high as UFC 259, neither of them are going backwards – whether online or elsewhere.
Responding to the training material posted on Twitter, where Sterling describes in detail how his training prepares him for five rounds in the cage, Yan replied simply, “Our fight doesn’t go into the fifth round.”
I just need a takedown. Fathers plan. Trust me, I’ve beat men bigger than you with strong wrestling. Hope you have eaten your wheaties, my брат 😉 https://t.co/yGleX1odPu
– Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) February 21, 2021
“I just need a takedown,” Sterling replied minutes later. “Father’s plan. Trust me.
“I have defeated bigger men than you with strong wrestling. I hope you ate your wheaties my friend [brother]. “
Yan then hit back with another counter-speech: “A takedown?” he wrote. “You need Plan B AKA Plan Bicycle.”
Seizing the moment to have the last word, Sterling added more color to his statement that he wanted to get Yan to the mat and suffocate him – literally and figuratively.
“Talked too much, brother,” he wrote. “We’ll see in two weeks. Easy. Father’s plan will make you nervous, frustrated, and tired.”
The chin between the two warring bantam weights will soon end when that cage door is locked in Las Vegas – and after that, only one of these men will have the boastful rights.
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