UFC Had Him As Golden Goose: Aljamain Sterling Calls Petr Yan “Overrated”

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UFC Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling opines that former titleholder Petr Yan is “overrated” and “overhyped” and the promotion had him as their “golden goose”.

He isn’t as good as you guys think: Aljamain Sterling on Petr Yan

Yan was the fighter whom Sterling defeated to become the new and reigning 135-pound champ. The title fight took place back at UFC 259 back in March 2021 and was Yan’s first title defense, in which Sterling won via a controversial DQ of Yan due to throwing an illegal knee.

In the wake of that, “No Mercy” won the interim Bantamweight belt against Cory Sandhagen in October of the same year, followed by a rematch with Sterling to unify the belts at UFC 273 in April last year, which he lost via split decision, followed by two more losses against Sean O’Malley and Merab Dvalishvili.

While the three fight losing streak might come as a surprise to many fans, “Funk Master” opines there’s nothing unusual.

“I felt like the UFC had him (Petr Yan) as this f*****g golden goose that was going to make all these eggs for them. I was like dude, he isn’t as good as you guys think. This is coming from someone who’s in the sport and breaks down and analyzes the fight,” Sterling told Jake Paul on BS with Jake Paul podcast. “I do my podcast, I break down these fights weekly. Stylistically, when I’m looking at him and seeing what he’s doing to the guys he’s fighting, he’s fighting guys that are stationary, standing right in front of him.”

“He takes his time, he lets them pick his shots and then he picks his shots and he lands the better shots. If you get a guy who is actually trying to wrestle him, it’s a different fight, man,” he went on, “You saw the fight with Merab, you saw the fight with myself, even the Sean fight, you get a guy with good footwork, it’s not the same fight, man. Things like that bother me.” [H/T BJPenn.com]

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