Examining Ian Garry’s UFC 273 performance and what’s next?

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This past Saturday in the featured prelim at UFC 273, we saw two welterweight prospects go head-to-head. Ireland’s Ian Garry (9-0) was making the walk for the second time as he took on Darian Weeks (5-2).

Heading into this fight, there’s been a ton of hype behind Ian Garry. The Irishman is trying to follow in the footsteps of Conor McGregor, but admittedly, he’s trying to do things a little different. That’s why he refers to his rise to the top as “The Takeover Part 2”.

Garry made his UFC debut back in November at UFC 268. In front of a sold out Madison Square Garden, Garry got a first round knockout over Jordan Williams. After the win, Garry was itching to get back in there.

The promotion has shown no signs of wanting to rush Garry and that was proven with his second fight. Darian Weeks is solid, but he’s no where near being a ranked welterweight. Honestly, it’s a good thing that Garry didn’t fight someone near the rankings.

The 24 year old didn’t look nearly as polished in this one. Weeks was able to take his power shots and was able to make the fight a little dirty. Now, Garry did a good job of showing off his full arsenal, but I don’t think anyone walked away blown away from his decision win at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

This was a very solid win for Garry and it was good to see him get his second win in the UFC. That being said, I think he needs to pump the breaks on the comparisons between himself and Conor McGregor given the performances.

No disrespect to Darian Weeks, but Weeks is not Max Holloway. Holloway was McGregor’s second fight in the UFC. However, it’s important to remember Holloway wasn’t the same guy when he fought McGregor the first time. He only had 9 professional fights.

Garry is a very solid prospect, but he doesn’t have the same shine that McGregor did. Maybe it’s because some view it as imitation? Not entirely sure, but it’s going to take him more leg work to move up the ranks than it did Conor or Khamzat Chimaev.

Granted, Khamzat Chimaev walked through competition to rise through the ranks quickly. I firmly believe Ian Garry will be a top UFC welterweight one day, but it’s going to take some time with incremental steps up in competition.

With that in mind, who should be next? Well in looking at the roster, I think a fight with Philip Rowe makes a ton of sense. Rowe has won back-to-back fights and I think he’d give Garry another solid test. If he can win that one, then we can talk about another jump up in competition.

The curious case of Aspen Ladd is a fallout of UFC 273

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The year is 2019 and arguably the best female prospect in the UFC is Aspen Ladd (9-3). Ladd was a perfect 8-0 and she was booked to face off against former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie in July of 2019.

Had she won that fight, she was likely going to get a bantamweight title shot. However, Ladd was cracked with a massive right hand that put her down. Herb Dean called a stop to the fight just 16 seconds into the first round.

Never mind that loss, she just got caught. After that, Ladd bounced back very strong when she stopped Yana Kunitskaya at a UFC Fight Night in December. Just like that, Ladd was back in the title picture.

After that win, the UFC booked Ladd against Julianna Pena for March of 2020. However, Pena ended up suffering an injury and pulled out of the fight. Who knows what would have happened to Ladd’s career had that fight taken place.

The UFC removed Ladd from the card and booked her for a June fight with Sara McMann. However, Ladd tore her ACL and MCL in training and was forced out of competition for over a year. Ladd wouldn’t fight in the UFC again until October of 2021.

UFC 273 Fallout

Ladd was originally supposed to fight Macy Chiasson in her return, but after weight cut issues, the fight was cancelled. After that, Ladd was booked in a headliner up a weight class in the UFC’s featherweight division when she stepped in for Holly Holm on short-notice.

Ladd fought Norma Dumont and put on a terrible performance. She was extremely gun shy and really didn’t do anything throughout the entirety of the fight. It was an underwhelming fight overall and Ladd lost a decision.

Mentally, she just didn’t look like the same fight we had seen in 2019 and prior. Her return to the UFC’s bantamweight division was this past Saturday against Raquel Pennington. She did a good job in the final round, but easily dropped the first two on the scorecards.

All three judges gave the fight to Pennington which was the second straight loss for Ladd. I still think Aspen Ladd has a ton of talent. She can be a premier bantamweight in the UFC, but things have to change in her corner.

It’s clear that there’s a miss in the corner. There’s been controversy in the past with some of the comments from her head coach and after watching on Saturday night, I just don’t think it’s a match that’s made to last.

I think there needs to be a complete evaluation of her career. From her corner to her state of mind inside the octagon. She has the talent to do it, but talent can only get you so far in the UFC.

After defeating Tecia Torres at UFC 273, who is next for Mackenzie Dern?

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This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 273, we saw a pivotal matchup in the women’s strawweight division. Top ten contenders battled it out as Mackenzie Dern (12-2) took on The Tiny Tornado, Tecia Torres (13-6).

Both of these ladies were looking to take a step towards title contention with a win. Going into the fight, everyone thought that if the fight touches the ground, Dern would pull off a submission. However, the fight on the feet was going to favor Torres.

We saw that in the first round. While Dern was being extremely aggressive, Torres remained composed and was doing a good job of landing counters. Dern was looking a little frustrated and I personally thought that Torres won the first round.

In the second round, the fight hit the mat. I immediately thought that Dern would get the submission win at UFC 273, but Torres defended extremely well and survived the round. However, she definitely lost the round and I had it all square.

The final round was back and forth with both fighters having their moments. Personally, I thought that Tecia Torres did enough to get the decision. However, the judges sided with Dern and Dern picked up a split decision win at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

This win at UFC 273 was a big deal for Dern as it was her first fight since she lost to Marina Rodriguez last year. Dern had knee surgery following that loss and she needed a win to get things going down the right path in 2022.

Regardless of how you feel about the decision, Dern got her hand raised. With that in mind, what should the UFC do with her next? Well, I think there are a few options and one option would be looking at the main event in a couple of weeks.

Jessica Andrade will be taking on Amanda Lemos. Whoever wins that fight could be a good opponent for Dern. However, if Andrade wins, she will likely get her third fight with Rose Namajunas should Namajunas successfully defend her title at UFC 274.

Last week we also learned that Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili will be running things back in June. Whoever wins that fight might be in a good spot for a title shot. However, the loser would make for a great opponent for Dern. There are some good options and the UFC will get her a quality fight next.

After his big win at UFC 273, what’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 273, we saw a welterweight showdown that the world had been waiting on. Superstar prospect Khamzat Chimaev (11-0) was finally getting a shot against top welterweight competition in former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-5).

The odds for this matchup were almost comical they were so lopsided. It was clear that everyone believed that Chimaev would run through Gilbert Burns just like he had run through all of his previous UFC competition.

However, that’s not what happened at all. From the opening bell, Burns made it clear that this would be a fight. Having only been hit twice before inside the octagon, Chimaev absorbed over 100 strikes from the former title challenger.

After a close first round, Chimaev dropped Burns near the end of the round. It looked like he would get the stoppage at UFC 273 for a second, but Burns powered through. The second round, Burns took over and looked sensational evening up the rounds one a piece.

In the final round, Chimaev was composed and really took control. However, Burns battled back in the final minute and made things interesting. However, all three judges agreed that Chimaev won the final round and gave him the decision win at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Nobody was really downplaying Khamzat Chimaev prior to UFC 273, but now you can’t deny him. The main is one of the very best welterweights on the planet and the win over Burns shows just how special he is.

Now that he’s been tested against elite competition, it’s only bigger and better fights from here on out. So, what will the UFC do next with their budding superstar? Well, Dana White hinted at wanting to do a ABC Fight Night headlined by Chimaev and former interim champion Colby Covington.

Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are expected to fight for the UFC welterweight title over the summer. Covington has already lost twice to Usman, but if he wins another fight, the promotion would be willing to do a third fight. Usman also said he would take a third fight with Covington.

Beating Colby Covington would really establish Chimaev as the number one contender. I think the UFC is going to push for this fight with the winner being guaranteed a title shot. Either we would see Covington get his third shot, or by the end of the year, Khamzat Chimaev could have his crowning moment.

After defending his title at UFC 273, what’s next for Alexander Volkanovski?

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 273, the featherweight title was on the line. Alexander Volkanovski (24-1) was defending his title for the third time as he was taking on The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung (17-7).

While the champion was a huge betting favorite, The Zombie has always proven to be a tough out. Because of that, many were expecting a war between Jung and Volkanovski at UFC 273.

However, it was apparent from the opening bell that there was a huge discrepancy between the two men. Volkanovski’s speed was blinding and The Zombie really wasn’t able to get anything going because of it.

Every time TKZ tried to attack, he would eat a number of shots from the UFC featherweight champion. The only exchanges where Jung landed shots were in wild exchanges. Whenever Volkanovski was controlled, he was touching up The Zombie whenever he wanted.

In the fourth round, referee Herb Dean mercifully stopped the fight. It was a beautiful and dominating performance from Volkanovski who looks like he’s just getting better and better with time.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Originally, Volkanovski wasn’t supposed to face Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273. He was supposed to fight Max Holloway for the third time in a fight that fight fans have been waiting for ever since their second fight.

However, Holloway suffered an injury and had to pull out of the fight. Now that Volkanovski dominated TKZ, it looks like the next fight is a forgone conclusion. The UFC should definitely book the trilogy between Holloway and Volkanovski.

I think this is the way that they will go especially if Volkanovski turns around relatively quickly. Should Volkanovski get through Holloway, his next opponent might be laid out as well.

This week, we found out former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo is returning to the octagon. After he’s in the USADA pool for six months, he will be allowed to compete again which could see him return at the end of the year.

He’s voiced interest in moving to featherweight to try and capture a third divisional title. If Volkanovski beats Holloway, I think Cejudo will be the next fight for the champion.

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.

What’s next for The Korean Zombie after falling at UFC 273?

In the main event of UFC 273, the featherweight title was on the line. The champion Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) was looking to defend his title for the third time as he took on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (17-6).

Entering the matchup, most were heavily favoring Volkanovski, but it’s always hard to rule out The Zombie. Chan Sung Jung has made a career of making fights tough on opponents and we know that he has really powerful hands that can change any fight.

That being said, it was evident from the opening bell at UFC 273 that he was going to have troubles. The Zombie couldn’t get anything going on Saturday night and he was really struggling with the speed of Alexander Volkanovski.

Volkanovski was blasting Jung with powerful strikes from the opening bell and TKZ wasn’t doing a good job of responding. There were a couple of times during some of the more brawl-like exchanges where Jung landed, but those shots were few and far between.

Many thought the fight should have been stopped after the third at UFC 273. Even Herb Dean called the doctor in to take a look at TKZ. Nevertheless, the fight went forward and Volkanovski went back to work. After a few big shots, Dean went ahead and mercifully stopped the fight.

What’s next after UFC 273?

At 35 years old, Jung said that he thought this was going to be his last title opportunity if he had lost. The Zombie had previously fought for the title years ago when he took on Jose Aldo and was ultimately stopped in that fight.

Now that he’s lost this opportunity, what should the UFC do next with TKZ? Well, I think they should give him a top ten opponent and I think that they should give him an entertaining opponent. One that sticks out to me is Giga Chikadze.

I think this would be a fun fight for fans and a really good test for Chikadze. Chikadze was brutalized by Calvin Kattar in there fight and he needs a big win to re-establish himself. Meanwhile, TKZ needs to still show that he’s near the top of the division. It’s a great fight for both men and it would show us exactly where they both are.

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.

Alexander Volkanovski destroys The Korean Zombie at UFC 273

In the main event of UFC 273, the featherweight title is on the line. The champion Alexander Volkanovski (23-1) was looking to defend his title for the third time as he took on “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung (17-6).

Last time we saw Volkanovski was at UFC 266 when he defended his title against Brian Ortega. Volkanovski made a massive statement with his one-sided domination of T-City. Originally, Volkanovski was supposed to have his trilogy fight with Max Holloway tonight.

However, when Holloway pulled out with an injury, The Korean Zombie stepped in. Last time we saw Chan Sung Jung was last June when he headlined a Fight Night against Dan Ige.

That headliner came on the heels of his loss to Brian Ortega. TKZ looked sharp and was able to pick up the unanimous decision victory. Overall, Jung is 3-1 in his last four fights leading up to UFC 273.

UFC 273 Recap

Round 1

The UFC 273 main event kicked off with a touch of the gloves. Jung takes the center of the octagon and he looks to establish his jab. Looks for the low kick as well, but he’s just a bit out of range. Big check left hook lands big for Volkanovski.

The Zombie moves forward and both men trade big shots, but Volkanovski looks like he got the better of things. Double jab lands for Volkanovski and then he lands a nice low kick. Another nice check left lands for Volkanovski.

Body kick lands for Volkanovski and then he lands a huge combination up top. Jung is wearing it here in the first round. Nasty jab from the champion lands and Jung is having all kinds of trouble here. The speed is a big advantage for the champ.

Huge 1-2 lands for Volkanovski and Jung looks wobbled. However, Volkanovski doesn’t jump on him. 90 seconds left in the round. Low kick from Volkanovski and then the two end up in a clinch. Volkanovski gets a trip takedown.

Jung uses the fence to get back to his feet and Volkanovski backs away. Pressure from Jung but he gets cracked by the champion and he gets dropped. Dominant opening frame from the UFC champion.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 273 and things don’t look great for the challenger. Zombie tries to open the second with his jab and then he lands a powerful calf kick. Volkanovski returns with a big kick of his own.

Jung misses wildly on a right and Volkanovski makes him pay with a right of his own. Leg kick from Jung is checked perfectly by Volkanovski. Volkanovski clips Jung with another check left hook on an entry from The Zombie.

High kick attempt from The Zombie and he lands a straight shot. Volkanovski counters with a big combination. Huge right hand from Volkanovski and Jung is hurt badly. Lots of pressure from Volkanovski and The Zombie hits him with a huge left hand.

That shot got the champion’s attention and he gets a takedown. Big shots from Volkanovski on the ground, but Jung gets back to his feet using the fence. They separate but Volkanovski is the one pressuring. More big shots from Volkanovski then he uses a trip to get a takedown.

Jung gets back to his feet but he looks bewildered here. Nice jab lands for Volkanovski. Round comes to a close and it’s 2-0 for the champion at UFC 273.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 273 and it’s about desperation time for The Zombie. They touch gloves and here we go in the third. Volkanovski opens with a head kick that just misses. Jung throws serious power shots and just misses the champion’s chin.

Nice jab from The Zombie and Volkanovski lands a big leg kick. Step in jab from Jung, but Volkanovski lands a big shot to back him off. The Zombie is taking more risks here in the third round and he’s really pressing forward with big shots.

Right hand lands for Volkanovski. Jab from Volkanovski and he decides to double up on it. Beautiful right hand lands for Volkanovski and he times a takedown right after. Jung gets takedown down briefly, but he uses the fence to get back to his feet.

Jab from Volkanovski. Right hand and a left behind it for Volkanovski. Jung just keeps pressing forward through all of this. Another big right hand lands for Volkanovski and he throws a huge leg kick behind it.

Jung shakes his head then eats another right from the champion. Huge shots land from the champion and down goes The Zombie. The referee is close to stopping the action but the bell sounds and it’s all Volkanovski at UFC 273.

Round 4

Entering the fourth at UFC 273 and this fight could be close to getting stopped. Jung opens with a jab that Volkanovski evades. Big right hand and a left hook for Volkanovski lands. Powerful low kick from Volkanovski.

Huge combination from Volkanovski and Jung is hurt badly. He’s wobbling in the cage and Herb Dean jumps in to save him. What a dominant performance for Alexander Volkanovski.

Alexander Volkanovski def. Chan Sung Jung by TKO – Round 4

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)