UFC 259 is already being set up to be one of the biggest events of the year. The latest fight that has been added means that there will now be three titles on the line at the event.
It was revealed this week that a deal between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling had been agreed, and there will be a bout for the bantamweight title taking place at the event. The fight joins light heavyweight and women’s featherweight title bouts that had previously been announced for the huge event that will take place in March.
UFC News: Yan In Excellent From In The Octagon
It has been an excellent start to his UFC career for Yan, and he has clearly emerged as the rightful champion in the bantamweight division. He has lost just once during his professional career, with that defeat coming against Magomed Magomedov in ACB in March 2016. Since then, he has won on all ten of his following appearances. Seven of those victories have come since Yan joined the UFC, with his first win coming against Teruto Ishihara in June 2018.
His star has continued to rise over the last 18 months, as he became the bantamweight champion just last year after beating Jose Aldo by TKO at Fight Island. That victory really put him on the map, and he looks set to continue his stunning rise with his first defence of the title in March against Sterling.
UFC News: Sterling Is A Clear Threat
Sterling is the outstanding threat to Yan’s title, as he has shown throughout his professional career that he has what it takes to win on the big occasion. He won the bantamweight title during his title in the Cage Fury Fighting Championships, and is currently regarded as the number one bantamweight in the official UFC rankings.
He has lost just three times during his professional career, but the most recent of those defeats was now over three years ago against Marlon Moraes in December 2017. Since that defeat, Sterling has been impressive with every performance in the octagon, as he has won five from five. He has won three of these fights by decision, while the other two victories have come by submission. Sterling won his last fight, which earned him a title opportunity, by submission against Cory Sandhagen in June 2020.