Smith called in doctor … who ultimately determined Aljamain — who was clearly wobbled — could NOT continue.
Because the knee was deemed intentional (Smith warned Yan right before he threw the strike that Sterling was a downed fighter, and therefore illegal to knee him) … Petr was disqualified.
After the fight was called, Sterling laid on the mat, crying.
Aljo just addressed the stoppage on social media, writing … “Not the way I ever want to win a fight. It was close, competitive and filled with action. I felt the knee was intentional, especially after the ref announced I was a downed opponent, so I didn’t expect to be hit.”
Sterlinge continued … “Yan is a bad dude! WE WILL DO IT AGAIN!”
Prior to the illegal strike, the fight was close … with Yan leading 2 rounds to 1 on 2 of the 3 judges scorecards.
It’s the 1st time in UFC history that a title has exchanged hands ’cause of a disqualification.