With Sterling grounded, Yan held Sterling’s arms and kneed the challenger within the face, which is an unlawful strike. The battle was paused and after the cage physician confirmed that Sterling couldn’t proceed, Yan was disqualified.
The world watched as Sterling struggled to stand up after which was awarded the UFC belt. Sterling threw it to the bottom after which fell to the Octagon flooring in tears, stating in an interview after that this wasn’t the way in which he needed to win it.
Here is what UFC fighters needed to say in regards to the controversial second at UFC 259.
What on the earth was Yan pondering? #UFC259
— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) March 7, 2021
— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) March 7, 2021
Blatantly unlawful knee! Put your rattling hand down @petryanufc
— Chuck Liddell (@ChuckLiddell) March 7, 2021
That was very unlawful, it would not get a lot worse than that. Yan was already flirting with hazard by throwing these axe kicks when Aljo was down. The docs made the best name, you may’t let the fighter make the choice to proceed after taking a shot like that. #UFC259
— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 7, 2021
For the file. That transfer by Yan was boneheaded and unlawful and he ought to lose if his opponent cannot proceed.
— Dominick Reyes (@DomReyes) March 7, 2021
This name ought to by no means be on the fighter. Plain and easy. With a shot like that it is over. Doc does his job walks in and it is over.
— Justin Gaethje 🇺🇸 (@Justin_Gaethje) March 7, 2021
Ohhhh snap…..unlawful knee 100%!!
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) March 7, 2021
Heres the factor you cant stall the battle by sitting in your knees. Knees to a grounded opponent must be allowed!
— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouse) March 7, 2021
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) March 7, 2021
Aljamain got here in nice form, he fought ahead each second of that battle, not his fault he acquired illegally kneed. Congratulations Champion, you probably did it
— BONY (@JonnyBones) March 7, 2021
You wait you entire life for this second he is not appearing individuals he did not need to win like that but it surely was a terrific battle
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 7, 2021