The fighter tweeted:
"Just wait for me, bro!"
Aljamain Sterling was crowned bantamweight champion at UFC 259 after Petr Yan was disqualified for an illegal knee to the head. Interestingly, a similar incident took place during a training session on Monday with the 'Funk Master' sustaining a nasty cut inside of his lip.
Sterling apparently needed a few stitches for the cut as he posted a set of photos to his Twitter handle on Tuesday afternoon.
The Serra-Longo Fight Team product tweeted:
"3 stitches. Good as new. Doc says back in 2023."
"I know he can bleed, and I know he can be choked the f**k out"- Aljamain Sterling confident about defeating Petr Yan in a rematch
In a recent conversation with Michael Bisping, Aljamain Sterling discussed Yan's recent back-and-forth fight with Cory Sandhagen. Sterling revealed it reaffirmed his belief he can defeat the former 135-pound champion.
At UFC 250 in June 2020, Sterling defeated Sandhagen by first-round submission. The win makes him the only MMA fighter to hold a stoppage victory over 'The Sandman'.
After being disqualified at UFC 259 due to an illegal knee strike, Petr Yan competed for the interim UFC bantamweight title against Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267. Yan won the fight unanimously and is now the interim UFC bantamweight champion.
Aljamain Sterling further addressed his long-awaited rematch vs.Petr Yan in a video posted to Bisping's official YouTube channel:
“Hundred percent. And that fight with him and Sandhagen gives me all the confidence in the world because he’s a human being. I know he can bleed, and I know he can be choked the f**k out. And that’s what I’m going to do.”
When asked about his octagon return, Aljamain Sterling stated that he is aiming for a February or March comeback.
You can watch Sterling in a conversation with Michael Bisping and Brendan Fitzgerald in the video below: