Aljamain Sterling wins bantamweight title in historic disqualification

Aljamain Sterling celebrates after defeating Cody Stamann in their bantamweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 228 on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Dallas. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP)

UFC bantamweight fighter Aljamain Sterling certainly wanted to make history in his title fight at UFC 259 on Saturday. Just not like this.

After sustaining an illegal, intentional knee to the head from incumbent champion Petr Yan, Sterling was awarded the bantamweight belt by disqualification. That marked the first time ever that a title change has occurred as a result of a disqualification. Also, some controversy existed post-fight about whether Yan had received instruction from his corner to deliver the knee strike.

Naturally, UFC media, fans and other observers weighed in on Twitter after this eventful, historic bout.

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