ABU DHABI – Petr Yan hasn’t forgotten the strike that cost him his UFC title.
In Wednesday’s UFC 267 open workouts, the former bantamweight champion closed his session with a playful illegal knee reenactment that led to his disqualification loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 in March.
Watch the clip above.
Clearly joking, Yan threw a flying knee at his training partner’s head unmistakably on the ground, resulting in a “KO” and Yan raising his arms in victory.
Of course, that wasn’t the case when the Yans fought Sterling at UFC APEX in Las Vegas seven months ago. This fight, which Yan led on two of the three scorecards after three rounds, was interrupted in the fourth after Yan dropped a knee to the head of a Sterling on the ground. Referee Mark Smith immediately requested a break from the bout and after consideration it was determined that Yan would be disqualified resulting in him losing the UFC Bantamweight Championship to Sterling.
As Sterling recovers from neck surgery, Yan fights Cory Sandhagen this Saturday for an interim bantamweight title at Saturday’s co-main event.
Sterling later responded to footage of Yan’s training on Twitter, writing, “Hilarious! Don’t lose another belt!
In a response to Yan on Instagram, Sterling added, “Just try to win so we can fight again ASAP. “