Petr Yan says he didn’t mean to commit a foul against Aljamain Sterling
“You saw everything. I don’t even know what to say,” Yan told reporters, including MMA Junkie, through an interpreter at the UFC Apex. “Before the fight, the referee was paying a lot of attention about the hand position when the fighter is grounded or not. I was too focused on his hands, and I forgot about his legs. Obviously I didn’t mean to do an illegal shot.”
Yan wasn’t aware he landed an illegal shot as soon as it happened.
“No, I didn’t realize that,” Yan said. “For a while, I thought that I did everything right and didn’t think he was downed.”
“It sucks, and I think him as a fighter he also don’t want to accept the belt this way,” Yan said. “And if he’s going to be healthy, hopefully we have the rematch soon.”