It was a judge’s decision – and to many it seemed unfair.
Peter Ian lost to Aljaime Sterling at UFC 273 – the American defended the lightweight title.
The fight lasted five rounds, after which the judges awarded a separate decision to Sterling. Sports commentators and viewers found the decision controversial. Peter Ian himself said: “I think I won this fight. You robbed me. I won the first, second, fourth and fifth rounds. I want revenge.”
Jan and Sterling’s second fight was dramatic for another reason, a year ago they have already met in the octagon, where the Russian defended the championship title. At one point, Peter was disqualified for illegally hitting from a corner – he hit Sterling’s knee while he was at three points of support. If it weren’t for the mistake, the fighter from Russia was practically guaranteed victory. The American was harassed and ridiculed throughout the year.
UFC 273 also had a fight (logging!) Between Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbret Burns, which ended in a unanimous decision in favor of Khamzat. Now he is second in the division, and his new opponent will be either the interim welterweight champion Colby Covington or the reigning champion Kamaru Usman.