UFC 273: Aljamain Sterling defends title vs. Petr Yan

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Aljamain Sterling on Petr Yan: “There is a part of me that would really like to hurt this guy”

Next week’s UFC 273 will determine the top of the bantamweight division as reigning champion Aljamain Sterling makes his long-awaited first defense against interim champ Petr Yan.

The title bout should settle the score between the two men, which intensified a year ago at UFC 259 when Yan was disqualified after drilling Sterling in the head with a vicious illegal knee strike. That cost Yan the bout and the title. It was also completely unnecessary. With less than a minute remaining in the third round, Yan was on pace to win the fight decisively.

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