Aljamain Sterling gets warm gym welcome after title defense

Aljamain Sterling left and returned to his home base as a champion.

The UFC bantamweight titleholder was successful in his first defense, defeating Petr Yan in the co-main event of UFC 273 this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) won the contest via split decision. It was a title unification bout, as Yan was the interim champion.

It was arguably Sterling’s biggest win of his career, as he was just months removed from a neck surgery, hadn’t fought in over a year, and was coming off a controversial win over Yan – which he won via disqualification after taking an illegal knee to the head.

Sterling’s team, SerraLongo Fight Team in Long Island, N.Y., gave him a warm welcome back following his big win. Below you can watch the video (via Instagram):

Sterling is currently on a seven-fight winning streak. This current run includes many notable names such as Yan, Cory Sandhagen, Pedro Munhoz, Jimmie Rivera, and others. Sterling’s last defeat came via knockout against Marlon Moraes back in 2017.

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