UFC 272 card gets another amazing addition as the most anticipated rematch between UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion Petr Yan is all set to take place on this card. UFC president Dana White announced the news to broadcast partner ESPN on Wednesday. UFC 272 takes place on March 5th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims expected on ESPN and ESPN+. The duo will be rematching after a year. Both the fighters are healthy and excited to fight each other and finally settle their rivalry in the octagon.
This one’s a long time coming. UFC 272, March 5, per Dana White. Champ, Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) vs. Interim Champ, Petr Yan (@PetrYanUFC). Can’t ask for more of a backstory than this going into a title rematch. Redemption for Yan. Chance to shut soooo many up for Aljo. pic.twitter.com/oO1gjF3ZJJ
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 5, 2022
“This one’s a long time coming. UFC 272, March 5, per Dana White. Champ, Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) vs. Interim Champ, Petr Yan (@PetrYanUFC). Can’t ask for more of a backstory than this going into a title rematch. Redemption for Yan. Chance to shut soooo many up for Aljo.”
Petr Yan became the UFC bantamweight champion after defeating Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. Petr Yan was anticipated to make his first title defense against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256. However, it was announced in November that the bout was canceled from the UFC 256 card and the bout was rescheduled for March 6, 2021, at UFC 259.
The fight was going pretty well for Yan as he was dominating Aljamain Sterling for the majority of the fight. But just because of a piece of wrong advice from corner Yan had to lose his belt. He landed an illegal knee on the head of Sterling which resulted in disqualification. Aljamain Sterling became the first fighter in UFC history to win a championship by disqualification.
A rematch with Aljamain Sterling was expected to take place on October 30, 2021, at UFC 267. But unfortunately Sterling withdrew from the contest due to lingering neck issues. Cory Sandhagen stepped in as a late replacement and then the fight was made for the Interim UFC Bantamweight Championship. Yan won the bout via unanimous decision as he dominated Sandhagen who left his all in the ring that day as the duo had some amazing exchanges in the octagon.
UFC 272 card will be headlined by the featherweight title fight between the champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway.
UFC 272 card:
- Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway – Featherweight title fight
- Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan – Bantamweight title fight
- Edson Barboza vs. Bryce Mitchell
- Jessica Eye vs. Manon Fiorot
- Mariya Agapova vs. Maryna Moroz
- Dustin Jacoby vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
- Tim Elliott vs. Tagir Ulanbekov
- Marina Rodriguez vs. Yan Xiaonan
- Aljamain Sterling vs Petr Yan 2 set for UFC 272
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