Petr Yan explains why he threw illegal knee

Former UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan was on a ten-fight win streak heading into his first title defense, vs. Aljamian Sterling at UFC 259 on Saturday night. The Russian appeared to be taking over the fight after a slow start, when he inexplicably landed a hard knee to the face of a downed Sterling, and was disqualified.

Referee Mark Smith clearly told the fighters that Sterling was down. Yan’s English-speaking corner was yelling ‘Grounded ... punches only.' Daniel Cormier said that his AKA teammate, UFC lightweight GOAT and Russian icon Khabib Nurmagomedov said that Yan’s Russian-speaking corner told him to kick. However, at the post-fight media conference, a subdued Yan explained what happened, and said that none of the corner advice was a factor.

“I don’t know what to say, I know I made a mistake,” said Yan in Russian, as translated by RT Sport, and transcribed by Ryan Harkness for MMA Mania. “In no way was that intentional. I was focused on his hands. The referee told us about hand position and how to tell when a fighter is grounded. I was focused on his hands and when he raised them, I hit him.”

“Honestly, I didn’t understand what my cornermen were telling me. I was focused on his hands leaving the ground. The replay will likely show how he raised his hands. I didn’t see that his knees were down, I thought he was squatting.”

Yan was asked how it felt to lose a fight that the judge's scorecards had him up on via Split Decision.

“It sucks,” said Yan. “I don’t think Aljamain will accept the belt in a fight like that. If he’s healthy I’ll be happy to do a rematch.”

Yan also apologized on his social network.

Former division champion, the disgraced T.J. Dillashaw got his digs in.

UFC president Dana White said at the post-fight media conference that he was open to an immediate rematch.

Dillashaw puts the "@$$" in "Cl@ss."


LOL at TJ. What a fool.


LOL TJ ethered them both

If he wins against Sandgren he should fight the winner

Once Tj realizes that this means any other title contender will have to wait even longer for a title shot he will feel stupid.

Yan and Aljo will rematch later this year, which means TJ wont be guaranteed anything even if he wins his comeback fight.

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The most cobra kai shit to ever happen in a title fight