Thursday, May 13, 2021

Three Title Fights Set For UFC 259, Including Yan vs. Sterling

Petr Yan’s bantamweight title clash against Aljamain Sterling has been rescheduled for UFC 259 on March 6.

As first reported by MMA Junkie and later confirmed by multiple sources, UFC 259 will now have three title fights. The previously reported light heavyweight title bout between Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya is now official in addition to Amanda Nunes defending her featherweight championship against Megan Anderson. What has now come to light is the addition of Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan to the card in what will make for Yan’s first bantamweight title defense.

Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling were originally scheduled to face one another at UFC 256 on December 12, but Yan had to withdraw from the bout due to personal reasons. Yan never wavered on his desire to defend against Sterling, so it was a formality that the fight would be rebooked. And we now have a hard date on when the fight will take place.

UFC 256 fight card: Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling bantamweight title bout  scrapped, per report - CBSSports.com
Petr Yan being crowned bantamweight champion at UFC 251, Credit: Jeff Bottari 

Petr Yan won the vacant bantamweight championship at UFC 251 when he defeated Jose Aldo via 5th-round TKO to make it 10 consecutive victories for the new champion. Yan’s opponent Aljamain Sterling is also riding a lengthy winning streak of five consecutive wins. Most recently, Sterling defeated Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 to punch his ticket to a world title shot.

Now with three world title fights booked, the current lineup for UFC 259 consists of the following bouts:

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Jan Blachowicz © vs. Israel Adesanya

UFC Bantamweight Championship Bout: Petr Yan © vs. Aljamain Sterling

UFC Women’s Featherweight Championship Bout: Amanda Nunes © vs. Megan Anderson

Thiago Santos vs. Aleksandar Rakic

Joseph Benavidez vs. Askar Askarov

Dominick Cruz vs. Casey Kenney

Islam Makhachev vs. Drew Dober

Sean Brady vs. Jake Matthews

Randy Costa vs. Trevin Jones

Aalon Cruz vs. Uros Medic

Tim Elliott vs. Jordan Espinoza

Who do you predict will walk away from UFC 259 as the bantamweight champion: Petr Yan or Aljamain Sterling?