Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling no longer happening at UFC 256

Fans hoping to see Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256 are going to have to wait.

By: Kristen King | 3 years ago
Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling no longer happening at UFC 256
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The Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling fight has been nixed from UFC 256.

Reported by MMA Island and later confirmed by Ariel Helwani of ESPN, Yan has pulled out of the fight against Sterling due to “undisclosed reasons.” Per the report from MMA Island, the fight will be rescheduled for February.

Yan was set to make his first official title defense since winning the vacant bantamweight title against former featherweight champion turned bantamweight contender, Jose Aldo at UFC 251 in July. After the Aldo fight, Yan insisted that Sterling was likely the next person in line to challenge for the title. Sterling competed a month prior against Cory Sandhagen in a No. 1 contender fight at UFC 250, where he quickly submitted Sandhagen with a rear-naked choke in the first round.

With both men interested in the fight, Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling was made official a few months later for the final pay-per-view card of the year.

Despite the Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling fight supposedly being rescheduled for 2021, Sterling appears not to want to wait much longer for his first championship opportunity in the UFC. Upon finding out the news that Yan was out, Sterling made a suggestion on Twitter about an interim title fight instead.

He later went on to wish Yan well and expressed his desire to fight him when he is at 100 percent.

Whether an interim bantamweight title fight happens is yet to be seen, but it could potentially help the card as it has been through a number of lineup changes in the last couple of months. UFC 256 was supposed to host a welterweight championship fight between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, but it was postponed until 2021. The co-main event at the time was a women’s featherweight championship fight between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson, but that was also postponed as Nunes pulled out with a medical issue. Now with Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling off the card, there is only one championship fight left on the card.

Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo just defended his title against Alex Perez at UFC 255 on Saturday night, but will reportedly be staying in Vegas to go for his second defense against Brandon Moreno at UFC 256.

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Kristen King
Kristen King

Kristen King is a writer for Bloody Elbow. She has covered combat sports since 2016, getting her start with outlets such as FanSided, MyMMANews and MMA-Prospects. She joined the BE team in 2020, covering a mix of news, events and injuries. In her time with BE, Kristen has created ‘Fright of the Night,’ a series that highlights some of the worst injuries in the sport.

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