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UFC 259 live blog: Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling

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Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259
Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling will compete for UFC gold at UFC 259 on Saturday night.
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This is the UFC 259 live blog for Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling, a bantamweight title fight on on Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.

Yan attempts the first defense of his bantamweight title after capturing the belt vacated by former two-division champ Henry Cejudo. The 28-year-old Russian dominated Jose Aldo in his most recent outing, earning a fifth-round stoppage of the former featherweight kingpin this past July at UFC 251. Yan hasn’t lost a fight in nearly five years and is 15-1 as a professional, picking up seven of his wins in the octagon.

Sterling, the No. 1 ranked fighter at 135 pounds, realizes a long-held goal of fighting for the belt after amassing five straight wins, most recently an impressive first-round submission of Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250. The grappling specialist has earned eight of his 19 wins via submission and carries an 11-3 record into his fight with rival Yan.

Check out the UFC 259 live blog below.