Petr Yan Commits Bonehead Mistake And Loses UFC Championship After Getting DQed For Illegal Knee Vs Aljamain Sterling

Petr Yan committed a terrible mistake in his fight against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 that cost him the UFC title.

In the fourth round , Yan, who appeared to be winning the fight up that point, hit Sterling with an illegal knee while Sterling was still on the ground.

Update: According to Khabib Nurmagomedov Yan’s coaches gave him the go ahead to throw the knee while Sterling was still on the ground.

The fight was called by the doctor inside the cage because Sterling couldn’t continue.

Yan was disqualified due to the knee and Sterling was presented the UFC championship belt.

Update: Yan was ahead on the scorecards before the illegal knee.

Sterling went on to release a statement after the fight.

Yan apologized for the illegal knee on Twitter.

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