What’s next for Aljamain Sterling after defending his title at UFC 273?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 273, the bantamweight title was on the line. Aljamain Sterling (21-3) was defending his title against the interim champion Petr Yan (16-3). The two men had met in the octagon last year, but the fight ended in controversy. After a strong start, Aljamain Sterling really started to fade and Petr Yan was taking over.

However, Yan made a massive mistake in the fourth round. While Sterling had a knee on the ground, Yan blasted him with a knee that caused the fight to end. Sterling won by DQ and became the UFC bantamweight champion.

This fight had some controversy, just not the same kind. The fight was razor close with Yan winning rounds three and four while Sterling dominated the second and third rounds. Sterling was so dominant that I could easily see him getting one 10-8 round. In fact, that’s how I scored the second round. The fight came down to the first round at UFC 273.

Two judges gave it to Sterling while one gave it to Yan. Ultimately, that decided the fight and Sterling won a split decision.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Prior to UFC 273, most people didn’t consider Aljamain Sterling to be the legitimate champion. However, whether or not you agree with the decision, you can’t deny him any longer.

Now that he’s won his fight against Petr Yan, what’s next? Well, It’s pretty clear what’s going to be next for The Funkmaster. Aljamain Sterling is going to be taking on former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw.

Sterling called out Dillashaw after the fight and Dana White said that would be next at his post-fight press conference. Dillashaw is coming off a win against Cory Sandhagen last year.

The former champion still believes he has a claim to the bantamweight title. Dillashaw never lost his title, but he had to relinquesh the title after he tested positive for EPO during his attempt to drop to flyweight.

Having never lost his UFC title inside the octagon, Dillashaw still believes the title is his. Well, he’s going to get his chance to get it back when he takes on The Funkmaster.

After coming up short at UFC 273, what’s next for Petr Yan?

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 273, the bantamweight title was on the line. Aljamain Sterling (21-3) was looking to legitimize his championship as he was taking on the interim champion Petr Yan (16-3).

The two men fought back at UFC 259 last March and Sterling won the title by disqualification. Due to the nature of the win, there were a lot of questions surrounding the legitimacy of Sterling’s championship. He was looking to shut up the haters on Saturday.

First round was incredibly close and I personally gave the first to Petr Yan. The second and third rounds were dominated by Sterling with his ability to get Yan down and get his back. The second round was so dominant that I actually gave Sterling a 10-8.

Without question, Yan won the final two rounds at UFC 273 with his ability to control Sterling. It all came down to how the first round was scored. I personally had the fight a draw and Dana White said that he scored the fight overall for Sterling. In the end, two judges gave the fight and the bantamweight title to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Regardless of how you feel about the decision, it’s a loss for Petr Yan and his first legitimate loss in the UFC. Yes, he lost to Sterling last year, but it was by disqualification so you could essentially say he beat himself. I don’t view that fight as a loss to Sterling.

Now that he’s lost, what’s next for Yan? Yan said that he was hoping the UFC would book the third fight, but Dana White has already shot that down voicing that TJ Dillashaw will likely get the next shot at the bantamweight title.

A fight that should happen in my opinion is Yan against Merab Dvalishvili (14-4). Merab has won five fights in a row and he’s teammates with Sterling. Yan had a backstage run in with Merab and Sterling prior to UFC 273 so there’s already bad blood there. Given the place of both men in the division, it’s a fight that makes perfect sense to me.

Aljamain Sterling edges Petr Yan by Split Decision at UFC 273

In the co-main event of UFC 273 the bantamweight title was on the line. The reigning champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) was taking on the interim bantamweight champion Petr Yan (16-2) in a rematch.

These two previously fought back at UFC 259 when Yan was the champion. In that fight, Sterling got off to a pretty decent start. However, he ran into a brick wall in the middle rounds and that wall was Petr Yan.

Yan started dominating the fight and looked like he was on his way to winning a lopsided fight. However, Yan hit Sterling with an illegal knee in the fourth round and the fight was waved off. Because it was an intentional foul, Yan was disqualified and Sterling was awarded the championship.

Due to neck surgery, we haven’t seen Sterling since. However, we did see Yan back at UFC 267. That night he fought Cory Sandhagen for the interim title and outclassed Sandhagen on the feet to win a decision and the title.

UFC 273 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 273 title fight kicked off without a touch of the gloves. Body kick from Sterling kicks off the striking. Pressure from Yan here as Sterling circles on the outside. Low kick from Sterling. Yan plotting forward and Sterling shoots for a takedown.

Beautiful sprawl from Yan and they are back to striking. High kick attempt missed from Sterling. Lots of forward pressure from Yan and he’s gauging the distance here. Jab lands for Yan. Body kick lands for Sterling and he doubles it up.

Sterling continues to circle on the outside and he eats a kick from Yan. Both men are really just feeling the other out halfway through the first round. Nice 1-2 lands for Petr Yan. Both men wildly miss with big shots.

More pressure from Yan who is doing a great job of controlling the octagon. Two left hooks just miss for Yan. Nice step in elbow from Sterling. Yan is just walking him down here. Sterling goes for a takedown but nothing home and Yan lands a nice shot as the round ends. Nothing big happening in round one, but likely goes to Yan at UFC 273.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 273 and the first could have gone to either man. Sterling opens the second with a couple of kicks and Yan goes right back to pressuring him. Huge body kick lands for Yan. Side kick to the leg for Yan. Sterling shoots and again, Yan just shrugs him off.

Sterling goes for another takedown and he gets it. Not only does he get it, but he’s immediately in the mount. Sterling quickly gets to the back of Yan and he locks in the body triangle. Yan is in deep trouble early in the second round.

Sterling trying soften Yan up to open up the submission. However, Yan is defending well for now. This is a battle of the hands here as Sterling continues to look for a rear-naked choke and Yan looks to defend.

Huge shots from Sterling and he looks like he has the choke. However, Yan defends well but Sterling is still in the mount. Big shots from Sterling from the top and he’s making a statement here in the second round.

Under a minute to go and Sterling gets his back again. Sterling continues to land nice shots and the round is coming to a close. Dominant second round for Sterling and it’s easily a 10-8 at UFC 273.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 273 and all the momentum is with Sterling. Yan goes right back with big pressure to start the third and he lands two big kicks. Powerful low kick from Yan and then he lands a huge body kick. He’s being very aggressive here in the third.

Sterling shoots for a takedown, but Yan defends well. Now it’s Sterling coming forward with the pressure and Sterling gets the takedown. Almost immediately, Sterling gets the back of Yan and he’s starting to work the choke again.

Yan tries prying Sterling’s legs to break the body triangle, but Sterling is keeping it locked in. Now Yan tries spinning into him, but Sterling isn’t letting him go anywhere. Dominant ground control here from Aljamain Sterling.

Entering the final minute of the third round and Sterling is still riding the back of Yan. Impressed Yan has survived, but even more impressed at the ground control from Sterling. The third round comes to a close and another dominant one in the books for Sterling at UFC 273.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 273 and Yan needs to really turn things around. Yan takes the center to start the fourth round and he immediately throws a big combination. Sterling might be hurt and Yan is all over him.

Sterling gets out of there but Yan is stalking him here. Huge low kick from Yan forces a takedown attempt Sterling. Yan defends well and actually has the back of Sterling against the fence now. Nice knees to the thigh from Yan.

Yan breaks the clinch and lands a nice knee. The two come together and Sterling gets a body lock and hops on the back of Yan. However, he’s too high and Yan shakes him off. Sterling attacks a triangle, but Yan breaks through and he settles into the guard.

Big shots from Yan and Sterling tries to scramble. Yan has the back of Sterling and Sterling tries to roll through. However, Yan rides it and ends up on top. Nice elbows land for Yan. The round comes to a close and it’s Petr Yan’s round at UFC 273.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 273, I have it 2-2, but I also have Sterling winning with a 10-8 round in there. Yan takes the center and he lands a nice body kick to start the striking. Low kick lands for Yan and he’s going after Sterling hard.

Huge takedown attempt from Sterling here, however, Yan is defending well. Sterling presses him against the fence and he’s trying for a takedown desperately here. Yan shakes him off and they are striking. Nice left hand lands for Yan.

Sloppy takedown attempt from Sterling and Yan shakes him off. However, Sterling goes for another one and gets the back of Yan on the feet. Yan works his way to the fence as he tries to defend. Knees to the thighs from Sterling.

Yan spins and breaks the clinch. Jab from Sterling and another takedown attempt. Yan defends and then Sterling shoots again. Another sprawl from Yan and they are striking. Nice left hand from Yan and there’s two minutes left.

Big knee and a nice left from Yan lands. Sloppy takedown attempt from Sterling and Yan throws him to the side. Yan takes his back but lets him go. Sterling shoots again, but Yan defends and gets his back again. Yan landing shots from the top.

The fight comes to a close and Yan wins the final two rounds at UFC 273. These scorecards are going to be interesting.

Aljamain Sterling def. Petr Yan by Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47)

UFC 273: Can Aljamain Sterling silence the haters and legitimize his title against Petr Yan?

Tomorrow night in the co-main event of UFC 273 the bantamweight title is on the line. The reigning champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) is taking on the interim bantamweight champion Petr Yan (16-2) in a rematch.

These two previously fought back at UFC 259 when Yan was the champion. In that fight, Sterling got off to a pretty decent start. However, he ran into a brick wall in the middle rounds and that wall was Petr Yan.

Yan started dominating the fight and looked like he was on his way to winning a lopsided fight. However, Yan hit Sterling with an illegal knee in the fourth round and the fight was waved off. Because it was an intentional foul, Yan was disqualified and Sterling was awarded the championship.

Due to neck surgery, we haven’t seen Sterling since. However, we did see Yan back at UFC 267. That night he fought Cory Sandhagen for the interim title and outclassed Sandhagen on the feet to win a decision and the title.

UFC 273 Prediction

Let’s be completely honest here, nobody really considers Aljamain Sterling to be the true UFC bantamweight champion. Yes, he will walk in second and be introduced as that, but the man won the title by disqualification.

Tomorrow night is his chance to prove he is the true champion. How does he do that? Well, I think you’ll see a steady diet of kicks and takedown attempts from Sterling. Look for him to work the body of Yan and even look to work leg kicks on Yan who stands mostly in a boxing stance.

For Yan, the game plan is very simple. The plan is to keep the fight at his range and keep it standing. Yan isn’t afraid to exchange in grappling and we saw that in their first fight. However, Yan wants to make a statement at UFC 273 and he does that with his hands.

I really respect Aljamain Sterling as a competitor. He’s one of the best bantamweights in the world. However, he’s not the best and I think that’s going to be proven tomorrow night. Expecting a big statement from Yan and I’m expecting him to walk out the undisputed champion.

Prediction: Petr Yan by TKO – Round 3 

UFC books Aljamain Sterling – Petr Yan 2

The UFC has finalized the rematch we’ve been waiting for, for the bantamweight championship. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this evening that Aljamain Sterling (20-3) will be defending his title against the interim champion Petr Yan (16-2).

The fight was confirmed by Dana White and it will take place at UFC 272 on March 5th. It was a big night for the promotion which also announced the Alexander Volkanovski – Max Holloway trilogy for UFC 272. For Sterling, this will be his chance to prove his legitimacy.

Let’s be completely honest, Aljamain Sterling didn’t truly win the UFC bantamweight title. It was given to him after he was hit with an illegal strike by Petr Yan. These two met back at UFC 259 last March. Yan was completely dominating Sterling throughout the fight.

However, Sterling was hit with a flush illegal knee and couldn’t continue. By disqualifying Petr Yan, Aljamain Sterling was awarded the title. Now let me be clear, Aljamain Sterling deserves all the credit in the world for his wins that led him to that title shot at UFC 259.

His performance against Cory Sandhagen was truly something special. However, I will not look at his title reign as legitimate until he truly defeats Petr Yan. In reality, nobody looks at Sterling as the legit champion. He gets his opportunity to prove that he is at UFC 272.

Yan’s chance to regain undisputed UFC gold

As mentioned above, Petr Yan was completely dominating Aljamain Sterling when they fought. He dropped Sterling a number of times and if he hadn’t thrown that illegal knee, he was going to walk to either a decision win or a stoppage victory.

However, he did throw that illegal strike and his UFC title was taken away. Originally, Yan and Sterling were supposed to run things back at UFC 267. However, Sterling wasn’t medically cleared to compete due to a neck surgery and the fight was called off.

Yan ended up fighting Cory Sandhagen instead and was incredibly impressive on his way to winning the interim title. Now, Yan will get his chance to regain the title that many don’t believe he truly lost. Should be a good one on March 5th.

Four UFC champions who will lose their title in 2022

2021 proved to be a wild year in the UFC. There was a ton of turnover in terms of champions. During this calendar year, we have seen a total of seven new champions. Only five champions retained their titles in their respective weight classes. One of those champions, Amanda Nunes (21-5), did lose one of her titles this year.

I was a bit surprised by the massive championship turnover in 2021. That said, there were a couple that I did see coming. To me, the most obvious one was Francis Ngannou (16-3) winning the heavyweight title by defeating Stipe Miocic (20-4). Yes, Stipe is an all time great, but I just figured it was Francis’ time.

However, there were also some massive surprises this year. A couple that immediately stand out is Brandon Moreno (19-5-2) defeating Deiveson Figueiredo (20-2-1). The biggest shock of the year came back at UFC 269 when Julianna Pena (11-4) shocked the world by submitting Amanda Nunes.

Now, it’s time to look forward to next year. There are 12 total divisions in the promotion and there are no two-division champions. With that in mind, which champions are most likely going to lose their status this upcoming year.

UFC champions who will lose in 2022

Aljamain Sterling

The first and most obvious choice for a UFC champion to lose is Aljamain Sterling (20-3). I mean that in no disrespect, but he’s the lone champion on the roster who really didn’t earn his championship. Sterling won the title at UFC 259 by disqualification after Petr Yan (16-2) hit him with an illegal knee.

It’s important to remember that Sterling was getting smashed by Yan when the foul took place. Not even Aljamain Sterling believes he was on his way to winning that fight. Sterling and Yan will run it back in the first part of 2022 and Sterling is a big underdog.

I don’t see any scenario where Sterling beats Petr Yan. If he somehow does, I think TJ Dillashaw (17-4) is also likely to defeat Sterling if they were to fight for the title in 2022.

Julianna Pena

The next UFC champion to lose will be Julianna Pena. I give Pena all the credit in the world for what she did at UFC 269. She shocked the world and proved everyone wrong. What’s remarkable is she won in the exact fashion in which she said she would. She defeated the GOAT and broke her during the fight.

It’s already been acknowledged that the UFC will run things back immediately. Nunes is already a massive betting favorite despite losing to Pena in the first fight. I think we are going to see the Amanda Nunes that we all thought we were going to see in the first fight when these two run it back.

It’s a great story and nobody can take that win away from Pena, but I can’t pick her to defeat Nunes in the rematch.

Glover Teixeira

Another incredible story in the UFC during 2021 was Glover Teixeira (33-7). Glover became the oldest man to ever win a UFC title for the first time when he defeated Jan Blachowicz at UFC 267. If you would’ve told me that Glover Teixeira would be a UFC champion in 2022, I would have said you were crazy.

However, I think his Cinderella run is coming to an end early in 2022. I firmly believe that the best light heavyweight in the world at the moment in Jiri Prochazka (28-3-1). Prochazka will get the first crack at Glover next year and I think he’s going to take away the title by finishing him.

Francis Ngannou

One of my favorite fighters to watch in the UFC is Francis Ngannou. He has this Mike Tyson-like vibe to him that we’ve really never seen before. He keeps you on the edge of your seat and when he puts people away, it’s usually a very scary scene.

Ngannou finally climbed to the top of the mountain in 2021 and became UFC heavyweight champion. However, he’s going to have a massive mountain to climb to keep his title in 2022. Ngannou will have to beat the two toughest matchups for him in the heavyweight division.

Next month at UFC 270, Ngannou will be taking on Ciryl Gane (10-0). Gane is unlike any heavyweight we’ve ever seen in the UFC. He’s a massive man who moves with the fluidity of a middleweight. His technique and precision will be very difficult for Ngannou to deal with.

However, Ngannou has the power to put anyone away and if he connects on Gane, he can put him out. Let’s say that Ngannou makes it past Gane. Well, then he’s going to have to face the greatest to ever do it in Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC). Like Gane, Jones will pose a big stylistic problem for Ngannou given his skillset.

In a technical battle, Ngannou doesn’t beat Gane or Jones. That said, he can put both men out if he connects. While no one should count him out, it’s hard to imagine him beating both of them next year.

UFC: Aljamain Sterling wants to fight Petr Yan in January or February

This past Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 267, Petr Yan (16-2) took on Cory Sandhagen (14-4) for the interim bantamweight championship. The winner of this matchup was expected to unify the UFC bantamweight title against Aljamain Sterling (20-3).

The fight started out like many Petr Yan fights. He likes to almost take the first round to download what his opponent is doing. In a way, he reminds me a lot of Floyd Mayweather. The opponent will get a little lead in the opening round while he figures the opponent out.

Sandhagen was doing a really good job of using his range early in round one. To the outside eye, Sandhagen was looking like a difficult puzzle for Yan at UFC 267. However, Yan was just getting started and he was analyzing what Sandhagen was doing.

Everything changed once the second round started. On my scorecard, Yan won every round after the first round at UFC 267. He hurt Sandhagen a few times including dropping him once. His counters were precise and it was a clear decision win for Yan who became the interim bantamweight champion.

UFC Unification Bout

Today on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, the UFC champion Aljamain Sterling appeared to talk about the timeline of the unification bout. The Funkmaster said that he texted UFC match maker Sean Shelby immediately after the fight between Yan and Sandhagen concluded.

Sterling said that he wants the UFC to make the fight for either January or February. Originally, Sterling was supposed to rematch with Yan at UFC 267. The interim title came about when Sterling wasn’t cleared to compete after undergoing neck surgery earlier this year.

Sterling captured the title at UFC 259 when he defeated Yan by disqualification. That fight honestly went a lot like the Yan – Sandhagen fight. Sterling got off to a really good start, and once Yan downloaded the data, it became a beating.

Yan landed an illegal knee which caused the fight to end in the fourth round. Now, the two men will settle the score and determine who is the true best bantamweight in the UFC. Look for this fight to take place in Q1 of next year, but the exact date won’t be finalized for a few weeks.

UFC books interim title fight between Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen

UFC 267 has a new co-main event. Over the weekend we learned that bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) was out of his title defense against Petr Yan (15-2) next month on Fight Island.

Sterling had next surgery earlier in the year and was trying to make his comeback to defend against Yan. Yan lost the title to Sterling back at UFC 259. The title change was controversial considering Sterling won by disqualification in a fight he was clearly losing.

Due to the nature of the fight, the UFC decided to run things back immediately. However, Sterling is going to need more time as doctors wouldn’t clear him to defend his title next month.

The promotion wanted to move forward with an interim title fight that featured Yan. The first choice was TJ Dillashaw (17-4). Dillashaw is ranked right behind Yan and just returned in July.

The former UFC champion defeated Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in his return, however, the fight was razor close. During the fight, Dillashaw suffered a knee injury which required surgery. With him still recovering, he wasn’t an option.

Sandhagen’s UFC Title Shot

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto broke the news today that Sandhagen will now be getting a shot at Yan for the interim title at UFC 267. Sandhagen was the favorite for a title shot after he knocked out Frankie Edgar with a flying knee earlier in 2021.

However, after the UFC 259 result between Yan and Sterling, Sandhagen was forced to take a fight with Dillashaw. While two scorecards went for Dillashaw, many believe that Sandhagen won the fight. Now, due to two injuries, Sandhagen is getting his UFC title shot that many believe he deserved all along.

Before the Dillashaw loss, Sandhagen had gone 7-1 in the UFC with his lone loss coming against Aljamain Sterling. Sandhagen is looked at as someone who will definitely be a UFC champion at some point in his career.

He has all the tools and physical attributes to become a champion it’s just a matter of putting it all together. Now, he’s going to have his chance to do it. This is a fantastic fight and in my opinion, UFC 267 just got a lot more interesting.

After huge win at UFC Vegas 32, what’s next for TJ Dillashaw?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 32, we saw the return of the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4). Dillashaw was taking on arguably the best bantamweight in the division in Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in his return.

Sandhagen stumbled against UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3), however, he bounced back strong. Back-to-back knockouts had everyone believing that Sandhagen was on a war path to the UFC bantamweight title.

TJ Dillashaw never lost the bantamweight title inside the octagon. Dillashaw relinquished the belt after he tested positive for EPO and was suspended for two years. In reality, nobody really knew what to expect from the former UFC champion.

Given Dillashaw’s talent and skill, I figured he’d give Sandhagen a very good fight. However, I figured that Sandhagen would be a bit sharper and edge Dillashaw in a close one at UFC Vegas 32.

For the most part, that prediction looked really good. Through four rounds, I had the fight even. I leaned every so slightly towards Dillashaw in the final frame, but there’s no questioning the fact that Sandhagen did more damage over five rounds at UFC Vegas 32.

There was going to be no robbery either way in this one. Ultimately, two of the three judges gave the fight to Dillashaw and the former UFC champion successfully returned to the octagon.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 32?

After his win on Saturday night, TJ Dillashaw jumped right to the top of the UFC rankings at bantamweight. The only men ranked above him are the champion and the former champion, Petr Yan (15-2).

Yan and Sterling will run things back at UFC 267 at the end of the October. This rematch is occurring because of the controversary ending to their first fight back in March. Yan was dominating the fight, but a blatant illegal knee by Yan forced the fight to stop.

Sterling was awarded the title by DQ and now hopefully we will get some clarity. Dillashaw hurt his knee at UFC Vegas 32 and is going to have to have surgery to repair some damage. That said, it shouldn’t keep him out too long.

In fact, it should line up perfectly with fighting the winner of the UFC 267 main event. With that in mind, there’s only one thing that’s next for TJ Dillashaw after Saturday night: a shot at the bantamweight title that he never lost inside the octagon.

Cody Garbrandt focused on becoming a two-division UFC champion

This weekend at UFC Vegas 27, former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt (12-3) returns in the main event. Garbrandt is taking on the surging contender Rob Font (18-4) in a pivotal matchup for the bantamweight division.

The last year has been really difficult for the former UFC champion. Garbrandt last fought at UFC 250 last June where he knocked out Raphael Assuncao in the second round with a savage right hand.

It was a massive win for Garbrandt who snapped a three-fight losing streak with that win. After the win, Garbrandt came out and said that he was going to drop to flyweight and challenge for the UFC‘s flyweight title.

The promotion booked him against the champion Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1) at UFC 255. However, after a battle with COVID, Garbrandt had to pull out of the fight. Figueiredo ended up defeating Alex Perez that night and fought to a draw a few weeks later against Brandon Moreno (18-5-2).

At UFC 263, Figueiredo and Moreno will rematch after their first fight was scored a draw. That delayed Garbrandt’s chances at the flyweight title and as a result, he decided to stay at bantamweight to fight Rob Font.

The former UFC champion now finds himself in a unique spot. If he wins on Saturday, he could be one of the first in line to fight for the bantamweight title. However, he also could be the next in line for the flyweight title after UFC 263.

Garbrandt’s two-division UFC dream

In speaking to the media this week prior to UFC Vegas 27, Garbrandt made it clear that he sees two titles in his future. He laid out a scenario in which he can become a two-division champion in the next year.

Garbrandt pointed out the fact that if he wins Saturday and the winner of Figueiredo/Moreno comes out clean, he could fight the winner in a few months. That would be his chance to capture the UFC flyweight title.

If that were to happen, Garbrandt could then move back up to challenge the bantamweight champion. Champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3) and Petr Yan (15-2) are expected to rematch in the fall after Sterling won the title by DQ at UFC 259.

TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen are fighting in July and the winner of that matchup might be next. However, Garbrandt could be the second in line after Sandhagen/Dillashaw.

If “No Love” wins at UFC Vegas 27 then drops down to become the flyweight champion, he very well could fight for the bantamweight title next year. It’s a steep ask, but Garbrandt seems up to the challenge. You can see his full pre-fight media scrum below.