“Yan fought a beautiful fight,” Aljamain Sterling compliments Petr Yan for his performance against Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267

Ajlmain Sterling compliments Petr Yan for his performance at UFC 267, targets to fight him in the first quarter of 2022.

Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen
Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen

The former UFC Bantamweight champion, Petr Yan displayed a clinical performance against the number third-ranked UFC Bantamweight fighter, Cory Sandhagen at the co-main event of UFC 267 and won the interim UFC Bantamweight title. Sandhagen started the fight in a good flow and won the very first round, but Yan picked the pace from the second round and took over the fight.

This fight was originally scheduled between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling but the champion, Sterling wasn’t allowed to compete due to health issues. ‘Funkmaster’ and Yan have a lot of hate for each other but still, the champion complimented Petr Yan for his performance at UFC 267.

While breaking down Yan vs Sandhagen on his personal Youtube channel, Sterling says, “He did a great job of walking him down, that defense is very, very tight, very technical. He does a good job of looking through the eyebrows – just touching, slight parries, so every time you throw a jab, he just catches it, catches it nice and clean where almost nothing gets by.”

“When Cory started to do a good job of trying to step in with the elbows, I was like, ‘This is a little bit too late, but it’s a good idea.’ It’s a good thing for other people to see. Even myself.” {h/t MMA Junkie}

Aljamain Sterling wants to face Petr Yan for a title unification fight in early 2022

Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling

Aljamain Sterling further revealed that as soon the fight ended, he texted the UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby and suggested him to book his rematch against Petr Yan in the first quarter of 2022.

Sterling continued, “Yan fought a beautiful fight, I got the surgery. I still need a little bit more time. I’m aiming for January, February. … I’ll be at MSG – obviously UFC 268 is this weekend. I’m going to be there. Hopefully we get to talk it out and put something solid together and really get on the same page so we can all get ready to unify this belt and give the fans the fight that they deserve.”

“The two best guys in the weight class really going at it, at their best, not one guy coming in a shell of himself at like 50, 60 percent, gassing out after five minutes of combat. That’s not good. I want to give you guys the show that you deserve. Yan and Sandhagen delivered. That’s what I want do for you guys.” {h/t MMA Junkie}

Also Read: “It was unbelievable,” UFC President Dana White on UFC 267’s epic co-main event starring Petr Yan, Cory Sandhagen.