In the first of three title bouts at UFC 259, Petr Yan will try to defend his bantamweight against Aljamain Sterling, the number one contender

Jordan Ellis: I’m really torn Aljamain Sterling is a great fighter on a really impressive run. I’m a fan The New Yorker should be the bantamweight champion in my eyes, but I think he is his dream at UFC 259 will materialize? The simple answer is no. Petr Yan is 27 years old and just getting better I expect him to cement his status as the best bantamweight in MMA by handling sterling and keeping his belt tonight.It’s going to take something special to beat Yan , and I don’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon

Alex Lough: This is the most intriguing fight on the map for me, I think Sterling is the toughest opponent Yan has faced as both Aldo and Faber exceeded their prime numbers when he battled Aljo himself Has consistently dealt with some of the best in the division for the past five years, and while he’s not always ahead, the experience is invaluable.He has learned from his mistakes and now understands exactly how to make the most of his argument, Though Yan looked impressive in his wins, I still think the UFC tracked him down a bit, and it will come back to bite him here.He never had to deal with the skill that someone like Funkmaster has on the mat what giving the challenger a clear path to victory It’s also worth noting that Sterling thought he would get this fight before Aldo cuts the line, which means et that he spent almost a year preparing for Yan.It’s possible that all this time means he might be overtrained, but I think Serra and Longo will have their star students fire on all cylinders Sterling by Decision >

Ross Markey: Despite being settled as the opening of a title triple header, today’s bantamweight title bout between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling is certainly the most anticipated bout on the entire UFC 259 map for me on paper, it’s so competitive that a bantamweight matchup has reached this level despite his status as the division pacemaker and sterling with a ton of questions about his championship – he will face a rigorous first test as the 135 pound crown holder, the most important and clear x factor in this case is Sterling’s ability to grapple with the subject.A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under former welterweight champion Matt Serra, Sterling, can take a submission win over competitors one through fifteen on his night I go in this case with the east coast And new

Ty Rosson: This is the toughest of the three title fights that I can predict in my head I only see so many ways it could end for both fighters Yan has some of the best hits in the division and if Sterling grabs you, is it likely light for that coin toss of a fight I’m going sterling over the third round of back bare choke

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