Petr Yan lost the UFC bantamweight title to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 after the Russian hit an illegal knee during the fourth round of their match. Due to this, Aljamain Sterling was made the new champion. This marked the first time a title changed hands via disqualification in UFC history.
During Saturday’s UFC Vegas 21 event, the first match saw Eryk Anders facing off against Darren Stewart. Coincidentally, this match also ended in the same way as Anders landed an illegal knee on Stewart during the first round of the match.
However, instead of Eryk Anders being disqualified, the match was ruled as a no contest. Petr Yan saw all this unfold and decided to let his thoughts be known on social media.
Yan took to Twitter and called out the Nevada State Athletic Commission for double standards. The tweet has since been deleted.
It is to be noted that while the move was the same, the circumstances surrounding it were definitely different. In MMA, a minimum of two rounds needs to have taken place for a fight to be ruled anything other than a no contest.
We will have to see when Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling get their rematch and hopefully have a proper matchup.