Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2 in the works for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesVerbal agreements are in place for a UFC bantamweight title rematch between champ Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi. Plans for the Fight Island rematch arrive four months after Sterling and Yan’s first meeting at UFC 259 ended in a disqualification win for Sterling, who was unable to continue in the fourth round after taking an illegal knee to the head. Multiple people with knowledge of the planned booking confirmed the news to MMA Fighting after Sterling announced the rematch and his intention to meet the winner of UFC Vegas 32’s main event between ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen. As of yet, no contracts are signed for Sterling vs. Yan 2, sources told MMA Fighting. October 30th in Abu Dhabi, all the talking ends! Sleepyhagen or Needleshaw, winner gets the next whooping after I put away Yan in 3!-Only thing that matters in this sport is blue-collared hard-work! No Dana White Privileges ever given to me #AndStill! #Georgia pic.twitter.com/BvkEaKfEgs— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 24, 2021 UFC 267 is expected to air on ESPN and ESPN+ as the first numbered event to not air on pay-per-view since UFC 138 in 2011. MMA reporter Ariel Helwani was first to report broadcast plans for the event. Sterling’s win over Yan was his sixth straight in the octagon and followed a submission of Sandhagen that solidified his No. 1 contender status. He recently underwent surgery for longstanding neck problems and said he was ready to defend the title on the Oct. 30 date originally proposed by UFC President Dana White. Sterling and Yan have traded jabs and insults online and in interview since their controversial first fight. Yan maintained he made a mistake in throwing the knee, believing Sterling was not grounded. The Russian’s loss was just his second as a professional and followed seven straight UFC wins. Also on tap for UFC 267 is a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, who will get his second shot at the belt after a loss to now-former champ Jon Jones at UFC 172.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2 in the works for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Verbal agreements are in place for a UFC bantamweight title rematch between champ Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi.

Plans for the Fight Island rematch arrive four months after Sterling and Yan’s first meeting at UFC 259 ended in a disqualification win for Sterling, who was unable to continue in the fourth round after taking an illegal knee to the head.

Multiple people with knowledge of the planned booking confirmed the news to MMA Fighting after Sterling announced the rematch and his intention to meet the winner of UFC Vegas 32’s main event between ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen. As of yet, no contracts are signed for Sterling vs. Yan 2, sources told MMA Fighting.

UFC 267 is expected to air on ESPN and ESPN+ as the first numbered event to not air on pay-per-view since UFC 138 in 2011. MMA reporter Ariel Helwani was first to report broadcast plans for the event.

Sterling’s win over Yan was his sixth straight in the octagon and followed a submission of Sandhagen that solidified his No. 1 contender status. He recently underwent surgery for longstanding neck problems and said he was ready to defend the title on the Oct. 30 date originally proposed by UFC President Dana White.

Sterling and Yan have traded jabs and insults online and in interview since their controversial first fight. Yan maintained he made a mistake in throwing the knee, believing Sterling was not grounded. The Russian’s loss was just his second as a professional and followed seven straight UFC wins.

Also on tap for UFC 267 is a light heavyweight title fight between champ Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, who will get his second shot at the belt after a loss to now-former champ Jon Jones at UFC 172.

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Denys Berinchyk is lifted up in celebration after a win over Artem Lobov at a Mahatch FC event in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday | @Grabaka_Hitman, TwitterDenys Berinchyk has won an Olympic silver medal in boxing, is undefeated as a pro, and can now claim a victory in bare-knuckle boxing over a former UFC fighter. The Ukrainian star defeated Artem Lobov by TKO in the main event of a Mahatch FC event in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. This was the first bare-knuckle bout for Berinchyk, while Lobov was competing in his fourth bare-knuckle bout after going 2-1 for the BKFC. The bout was officially called between the fourth and fifth round after Berinchyk closed round four with a flurry that prompted the ref to initiate the second standing 10-count of the fight for Lobov. Though Lobov answered the count, Berinchyk was soon after declared the winner before the start of round five. That's it. Denys Berinchyk stops Artem Lobov between rounds at the conclusion of R4 #MahatchFC pic.twitter.com/ikehcWtAmw— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 24, 2021 The story of the fight was Berinchyk’s speed and precision. After a mostly even first round, Berinchyk began to pull away, finding his range against Lobov and picking him apart with quick, accurate punches. Berinchyk’s clinch work was particularly impressive as he refused to allow the larger Lobov to bully him against the sandbags that comprise the Mahatch FC fighting area. Berinchyk turned it up in the third and fourth rounds, deftly getting in and out while scoring to the head and body. A stretch of unanswered Berinchyk punches caused the referee to initiate the first standing 10-count for Lobov in the third and by the middle of the fourth, a visibly tired Lobov was swinging at air while Berinchyk continued to piece him up. It's a dog fight between Artem and Berinchyk as expected but no surprise Denys is getting the better of these exchanges. Just got a standing 8 count in R3 after Artem was hurt bad to the body. #MahatchFC pic.twitter.com/nsJxQoqc7T— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 24, 2021 In the fourth round, Berinchyk maintained a furious pace and it wasn’t surprising when it was decided that a fifth round wouldn’t be needed. This is the second win of 2021 for Berincyhk (15-0 in boxing), who successfully defended his WBO International lightweight title with a TKO of Jose Sanchez in March. It was after that fight that Berinchyk called for a matchup with Lobov. For Lobov, this is his first fight since losing by corner stoppage to Jason Knight at BKFC 9 in November 2019. He was to compete in MMA at an Arena Fight Championship show in Paris last December, but that event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions. The Mahatch FC event is available for replay on FITE TV PPV.

Olympic silver medalist Denys Berinchyk stops Artem Lobov in bare-knuckle bout
Denys Berinchyk is lifted up in celebration after a win over Artem Lobov at a Mahatch FC event in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday | @Grabaka_Hitman, Twitter

Denys Berinchyk has won an Olympic silver medal in boxing, is undefeated as a pro, and can now claim a victory in bare-knuckle boxing over a former UFC fighter.

The Ukrainian star defeated Artem Lobov by TKO in the main event of a Mahatch FC event in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. This was the first bare-knuckle bout for Berinchyk, while Lobov was competing in his fourth bare-knuckle bout after going 2-1 for the BKFC.

The bout was officially called between the fourth and fifth round after Berinchyk closed round four with a flurry that prompted the ref to initiate the second standing 10-count of the fight for Lobov. Though Lobov answered the count, Berinchyk was soon after declared the winner before the start of round five.

The story of the fight was Berinchyk’s speed and precision. After a mostly even first round, Berinchyk began to pull away, finding his range against Lobov and picking him apart with quick, accurate punches. Berinchyk’s clinch work was particularly impressive as he refused to allow the larger Lobov to bully him against the sandbags that comprise the Mahatch FC fighting area.

Berinchyk turned it up in the third and fourth rounds, deftly getting in and out while scoring to the head and body. A stretch of unanswered Berinchyk punches caused the referee to initiate the first standing 10-count for Lobov in the third and by the middle of the fourth, a visibly tired Lobov was swinging at air while Berinchyk continued to piece him up.

In the fourth round, Berinchyk maintained a furious pace and it wasn’t surprising when it was decided that a fifth round wouldn’t be needed.

This is the second win of 2021 for Berincyhk (15-0 in boxing), who successfully defended his WBO International lightweight title with a TKO of Jose Sanchez in March. It was after that fight that Berinchyk called for a matchup with Lobov.

For Lobov, this is his first fight since losing by corner stoppage to Jason Knight at BKFC 9 in November 2019. He was to compete in MMA at an Arena Fight Championship show in Paris last December, but that event was cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions.

The Mahatch FC event is available for replay on FITE TV PPV.

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