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Petr Yan Opens as Betting Favorite to Aljamain Sterling

  • Petr Yan is a (-196) betting favorite to Aljamain Sterling as a (+154) underdog.
  • Aljamain Sterling is the #1 contender and is coming off a 1st round submission win over Cory Sandhagen.
  • We break down the odds for Yan vs Sterling below!

It appears Aljamain Sterling will finally get his title shot against Petr Yan. After UFC on ESPN 15, Dana White confirmed Sterling would be next in line for a crack at the 135-pound strap.

Petr Yan vs Aljamain Sterling Odds

Petr Yan-196
Aljamain Sterling+154

Accoridng to the opening odds Petr Yan has a 62.7% win probability in this fight. (Risk $196 to win $100). As a +154 underdog Aljamain Sterling, has roughly a 37.3% of becoming the new bantamweight champion. (Risk $100 to win $154).


Aljamain Sterling Next in Line

It’s been a long road for Aljamain Sterling back to title contention. From losing to Marlon Moraes back in 2017, the “Funk Master” has went on a five-win fight streak. For Aljamain Sterling the stars are aligning perfectly to become the new bantamweight champion.

The Bottom Line

This is a high stakes fight for both fighters. The type of title bout that is actually deserved, which doesn’t come along too often in the bantamweight division. Petr Yan proved his worth against a weathered Aldo to win the title, now it’s time to defend it against a true #1 contender.

With Frankie Edgar picking up a win over Pedro Munhoz, we can expect the UFC let Edgar fight the winner similar to how Aldo was given the special UFC veteran treatment.

We haven’t seen many of Yan’s opponents go for the takedown, so this could be part of Sterling’s game plan. The “Funk Master”is a BJJ black belt under Matt Sera and 42% of his wins come by submission.

“It should be noted that in his more recent fights against Dodson and Rivera Yan showed more urgency on the bottom, so it’s likely that his earlier struggles on the bottom were the result of inexperience rather than lack of ability or ignoring the guard in training.” – Source

Yan the younger of the two by four years, comes with a menacing aura of fearlessness. After learning to fight on the streets of Russia, Yan turned to martial arts to hone his craft. We expect Yan to put the pressure on Sterling early in what could be a fight of the year candidate.

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