Russian mixed style fighter (MMA) Pyotr Yan described the circumstances of his defeat by disqualification in a duel with American Aljemain Sterling. His words at the press conference are quoted by MMA Junkie.
The 28-year-old Russian described his train of thought before a prohibited knee kick to the head of a recumbent opponent. According to Ian, before the fight, the referee of the meeting, Mark Smith, urged the fighters to pay attention to the position of the hands of the fallen opponent. The Russian admitted that at the same time he forgot about Sterling's legs and concentrated on his hands. “Of course I didn't want to break the rules,” he added.
Yang apologized to his opponent for hitting in the main event of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournament. The Russian wished his opponent a speedy recovery.
Due to the disqualification of Ian Sterling, became the new UFC bantamweight champion. In the fourth round of the fight, he missed a prohibited blow to the head and fell to the canvas. The referee stopped the fight and awarded Jan a defeat by disqualification.