The fight was a much different affair to the duo’s previous outing over a year ago, with Sterling dominating Yan on the ground for much of the fight. Yan, however, successfully fended off numerous submission attempts to return fire with some devastating strikes, and even some grappling of his own. But Sterling held on to edge out a very close split-decision victory.
Sterling is now riding a seven-fight win streak, and with this win, has gone a long way to silence all the doubters who questioned the legitimacy of his title reign. The 32-year-old called out former champ T.J. Dillashaw in his post-fight Octagon interview, while Yan remained certain that he had won, and called for a rematch.
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This was Sterling’s seventh UFC win in a row.
Sterling defeated Yan via split decision (48-47×2, 47-48)
Now, let’s see how fighters reacted to Sterling’s victory over Yan at UFC 273.
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