PETR YAN has trolled Aljamain Sterling for celebrating his controversial disqualification victory over him at UFC 259 and also taken aim at Jon Jones.
Sterling was down on the scorecards but claimed the bantamweight title from Yan after it was ruled he was unable to continue following an illegal knee strike from the former champ in the fourth round.
He initially appeared to distance himself from the manner in which he 'won' the belt as he threw it to the canvas, but now the Russian has hit out at him for celebrating.
Sterling indicated he wanted a rematch, with UFC president Dana White following that up by stating he wanted the two rivals to go at it again as soon as possible to finally bring a proper end to their months of feuding.
Now Yan has responded to photos on social media of a smiling Sterling holding the title over his shoulder in the company of team-mates such as Georgia's Merab Dvalishvili and Al Iaquinta.
And he wrote: “Glad to see the champ is fine now.”
Sterling addressed the controversial win on his own Instagram, saying: “I didn't win the UFC belt the way I envisioned it, but I also didn't do anything illegal.
“My friends and family flew miles to come see me and asked me to hoist the belt up as a champion, because I carried myself as such.
“If that offends you, then you have no love in your life, and your own issues to sort out. I'm the ‘champ’ but I won't personally feel 100% validation until I defend this the way I envisioned winning it in the first place!
“Either way, I can't wait to be cleared. The future is bright and I can't wait to see what is in store for me. Stay the course. Make adjustments. Life. Moves. On.”
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The frustrated Yan also fired a shot at Jon Jones after the self-proclaimed P4P king congratulated Sterling on his victory.
Bones tweeted: “Aljamain came in great shape, he fought forward every second of that fight, not his fault he got illegally kneed. Congratulations Champion, you did it.”
That led to Yan telling Jones: “Anthony Smith should have taken your title.”
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