Aljamain Sterling wins bantamweight title in historic disqualification
UFC bantamweight fighter Aljamain Sterling certainly wanted to make history in his title fight at UFC 259 on Saturday. Just not like this.
After sustaining an illegal, intentional knee to the head from incumbent champion Petr Yan, Sterling was awarded the bantamweight belt by disqualification. That marked the first time ever that a title change has occurred as a result of a disqualification. Also, some controversy existed post-fight about whether Yan had received instruction from his corner to deliver the knee strike.
Naturally, UFC media, fans and other observers weighed in on Twitter after this eventful, historic bout.
Due to an intentional foul, Aljamain Sterling is the new bantamweight champion.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 7, 2021
— Alex (@Alex_Fitz19) March 7, 2021
Sterling right now pic.twitter.com/c5iCLF8yfc
— (@MercurialManc) March 7, 2021
— Herbert Burns (@HerbertBurnsMMA) March 7, 2021
Sterling says he wanted to continue, but he was "in bad shape." Says if he were to continue it would have been his ego taking over #UFC259
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 7, 2021
Illegal as it gets #UFC259
— Max Griffin (@MaxPainGriffin) March 7, 2021
Bro you can see it on his face that’s not how he wanted the belt
— Ethan Robert simmes (@Ethan_simmes) March 7, 2021