Undisputed UFC bantamweight champion
— Petr âNo Mercyâ Yan (@PetrYanUFC) October 30, 2021
It is clear that Yan does not recognize Sterling’s status as champion. The two were scheduled to rematch in Abu Dhabi this weekend but the American has a neck injury that looks set to rule him out for an extended period.
Yan recaptured the title, even if it was only an interim version, with a decision win over Cory Sandhagen. He sees himself as the real champion even though Sterling holds the regular version of the belt.
A rematch between Yan and Sterling seems inevitable and it will be a fight worth waiting for. There is certainly no love lost between the UFC’s two bantamweight champions.