For UFC 267 On October 30th, Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling was removed from the event for medical reasons just days before he was due to defend his title against Petr Yan.
The UFC has not announced a formal change of card but is discussing creating an interim title in Sterling's absence. The UFC 267 event will still take place on October 30th in Abu Dhabi.
According to sources, Sterling (20-3) was denied medical clearance by doctors for five rounds of fighting. Sterling (20-3) won the UFC title in March, when Yan was disqualified in the fourth round of his title fight for illegal knee throwing.
The 32-year-old underwent neck surgery in April to repair a long-standing injury he had suffered for years. According to sources, Sterling's neck is still a problem.
Yan (15-2) The Russian bantamweight won the ballot by defeating Jose Aldo in July 2020, and when he got off the illegal knee, he looked to defeat Sterling. Before the loss of this disqualification, Yan had won 10 fights in a row.
The two were ready to clash again immediately after the controversial result of their first Bantamweight title bout at UFC 259, which Sterling won the ballot by disqualification.
One possible option to face Yan for the interim title could be Cory Sandhagen. Fight.TV wants to know, who do you think Yan should fight?