Aljamain Sterling has congratulated Peter Jan on winning the interim title at UFC 267, but believes their rematch will be “a completely different fight.”
On Saturday, Ian defeated Corey Sandhagen in a thrilling two-way war on Fighters Island in Abu Dhabi. The Russian reminded everyone why he was once the undisputed champion after putting on an impressive display of dexterous boxing and winning a 49-46 unanimous decision.
Ian’s win kicked off a highly anticipated bout against bantamweight champion Sterling, which he was set to face at UFC 267 before injury forced the American to leave. A highly publicized, increasingly bitter rivalry between the duo loomed over the 135-pound division after Sterling controversially toppled Ian in their March title fight.
Whether Ian calls Sterling a “chicken,” or Sterling vows to “rip a hole out of him,” there has been no lost love between the couple in recent months, and there seems to be no end to their bitter rivalry.
Sterling praises Jan and Sandhagen on Twitter
However, after Ian’s victory, Sterling seemed to postpone his objections for a moment. Taking to Twitter, “Funk Master” gave his nemesis a rare praise, albeit a slight blow.
“Brilliant fighters! I have 48-47 for Jan. You deserve this first cry! Relax and enjoy your work. See you soon! “Aljamein tweeted.
Sterling is impressed with the performances of both men, but believes his rematch with Ian will look very different and presumably more one-sided in his favor.
“In 2022, there will be a very different battle.”
Finally, Sterling condescendingly complimented his peers at bantamweight, insisting that this is indeed the UFC’s main division.
“Today dad was very proud of his children! Best Division in the UFC! “
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