The new video footage from Petr Yan’s corner shows he is getting instructions to punch or knees while Sterling was down on his knees. However, the footage may raise new questions than answers.
The Russian lost the bantamweight championship bout against Petr Yan due to deliver an illegal knee in the fourth round of UFC 259. However, the knee eventually disqualified him from the fight, and it cost him a loss.
Khabib Nurmagomedov noticed it right away, just moments before his disastrous disqualification. No fighter ever owned a title in this manner. However, both fighters wanted a rematch right after they finished the battle, and president Dana White will talk about that.
According to @dc_mma, Khabib Nurmagomedov said Petr Yan's corner told him to kick when Aljamain Sterling's knee was down.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) March 7, 2021
However, the announcement of the rematch will not take away the eyes from Yan’s illegal knee. Further investigation will certainly materialize the findings.
New evidence from ESPN’s footage
ESPN shared brief footage of Yan’s cornermen shouting for punching or kicking during the fight while The Funkmaster was down on his knees.
In the newly released clip, one of Yan’s cornerman can be heard yelling, “just punch.” However, this was also distinct in the live broadcast, and Khabib was also talking about that. Daniel Cormier also pointed out another cornerman who was also shouting to No Mercy if he can throw a kick. “Someone in that corner yelled, ‘Yes, kick,’ and then Petr Yan lands an illegal knee that ultimately costs him the UFC championship,” Cormier said.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 7, 2021
Cormier also confirmed that his longtime teammate Nurmagomedov heard the instructions while they spoke in Russian. On UFC 259 night, The Eagle was at the UFC APEX to support Islam Makhachev.
Further investigation will bring out the truth. Nevertheless, Yan apologized to Sterling and said, “I apologize and wish a speedy recovery to @funkmasterMMA. I didn’t mean to throw an illegal strike.”
On the other hand, Dana White promised to arrange a rematch; hence, a possible rematch is on the way.
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