Aljamain Sterling pumped up ahead of UFC 273 rematch with Petr Yan

Aljamain Sterling is prepared to prove that he is the true champ in rematch with Petr Yan at UFC 273. Aljamain won in controversial first fight where Petr was disqulified due to an illegal knee.

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling

The long-awaited rematch between Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling and Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan is scheduled for UFC 273. Their controversial first fight saw Aljamain Sterling crowned the champion.

Aljamain Sterling took to Instagram ahead of UFC 273 declaring “One year ago on this day, I forced the Cheatr Rat to take the easy way out, after I dominated him for 4 rounds, and made him surrender his paper belt. Now in 5 weeks I will grant him the rematch that he doesn’t deserve and make the score 2-0. On April 9th you will have no where to run!.”

Despite the champion’s belief that he dominated the first fight, it’s widely regarded that Aljamain was losing to Petr handily before Petr kneed Aljamain in the 4th round while he was grounded. This led to Petr being disqualified and the belt transferred to Aljamain. As Aljamain won the belt through disqualification his legitimacy as champion is under question by fans of the sport.

For Aljamain to prove that he is the undisputed champion a win in the rematch is necessary. The rematch will be the first time Aljamain steps into the octagon since he won the belt as he took his time to recover from a neck injury. Petr Yan on the other hand has fought in the UFC since his loss, regaining champion status in his very next bout. Petr faced Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 for the Bantamweight interim belt which he won via decision.

While Aljamains’s Instagram shows the champions’ confidence going into the rematch he will have to have improved greatly if he is to win again, or perhaps another illegal knee. Petr goes into the fight to prove to everyone that he is the true champion at Bantamweight.

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Petr Yan prepared to prove Aljamain Sterling who the real champion is ahead of UFC 273

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling

Yan was comfortably winning the fight at UFC 259 before he threw the illegal which resulted in him being disqualified and his belt being taken away from him. Ever since they’ve been at each other’s throats all over social media which has fans riled up for the upcoming rematch.

The rematch which was initially scheduled for UFC 272 was moved to UFC 273. Petr alleges that this was because the UFC did not want Aljamain to headline a pay-per-view. Petr who has previously called Aljamain a ‘pathetic liar’ has made no effort to hide his animosity towards Aljamain or the ‘fake belt’ wrapped around his waist. Petr comes out to UFC 273 to right the wrong of UFC 259, as Petr believes that he would have won the fight had it not been for the illegal knee.

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