Aljamain Sterling-Petr Yan Twitter reaction


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 06: Petr Yan of Russia looks on after delivering an illegal knee against Aljamain Sterling in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

No one wants to win a belt this way. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

There were a lot of first at UFC 259 on Saturday, and none of them were good.

No UFC belt had ever been won via disqualification. No UFC fighter had ever received a belt while crying tears of sadness. No UFC champion had taken an interview when he just sustained a clear head injury and should be receiving medical attention.

It was a surreal scene. An entertaining fight between UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan and challenger Aljamain Sterling was brought to a screeching halt when Yan inexplicably did this:

Probably the most illegal knee you will ever see in a UFC title fight.

The aftermath: Sterling being unable to stand, doctors examining the Jamaican fighter in a silent arena, a crying Sterling receiving Yan’s belt and tossing it to the ground. It’s probably not hyperbole to call it the least satisfying UFC title win in history, and situation stunned just about everyone watching.

Sterling tweeted a reaction a while after the fight, promising there will be a rematch:

Meanwhile, UFC fighters and fans were sorting out what they just saw:

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