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UFC 259 record rundown: Petr Yan vs. Aljamain Sterling

Can Petr Yan become the first UFC bantamweight to win eight straight fights?

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Petr Yan won his sixth straight UFC bantamweight contest in December 2019 when he knocked out Urijah Faber via head kick. That victory scored him a shot at the vacant bantamweight crown. His opponent in that July 2020 matchup was former featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo.

Yan put on a fantastic performance that night in Abu Dhabi. He stopped Aldo with ground strikes late in the fifth round. With that he claimed the 135-pound title and extended his bantamweight winning streak to a record-tying seven straight fights.

On Saturday, Yan puts his winning streak and title on the line against Aljamain Sterling, who enters this scrap with five straight wins in the 135-pound division.

Yan and Sterling meet on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 259, which takes place March 6 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view card streams on ESPN+. The title fight is one of three on the card. In the co-main event, women’s featherweight champ Amanda Nunes faces Megan Anderson. In the headliner, UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya looks to become a two-division champion when he faces light heavyweight kingpin Jan Blachowicz.

Below is a look at where the two fighters appear in the UFC record book.

UFC 259: Yan vs. Sterling record rundown

Petr Yan Aljamain Sterling
Petr Yan Aljamain Sterling
Overall UFC records Overall UFC records
Yan ranks seventh in UFC history in striking differential at plus 3.07 Sterling ranks ninth in UFC history at plus 2.88
Overall UFC bantamweight records Overall UFC bantamweight records
Yan is tied for fourth in UFC bantamweight history with four knockout wins Sterling is tied for eighth in UFC bantamweight history with 13 fights
Yan is tied for first for longest winning streak in UFC bantamweight history at seven straight victories Sterling ranks fourth in UFC bantamweight history with 10 wins
Yan is tied for third in knockdowns landed in UFC bantamweight history with eight Sterling is tied for sixth in UFC bantamweight history with five finishes
Yan ranks second in UFC bantamweight history with 1.3 knockdowns per 15 minutes Sterling is tied for third in UFC bantamweight history with four submission wins
Yan ranks eighth in UFC bantamweight history in significant strikes landed with 585 Sterling is tied for third in UFC bantamweight history with five decision wins
Yan ranks sixth in UFC bantamweight history with a significant striking accuracy of 50.8 percent Sterling is tied for fifth in UFC bantamweight history with a five-fight winning streak
Yan ranks fourth in UFC bantamweight history with 6.32 significant strikes landed per 15 minutes Sterling ranks seventh in UFC bantamweight history with a total fight time of 2:31:36
Yan ranks first in UFC bantamweight history with a striking differential of plus 3.07 Sterling ranks fourth in UFC bantamweight history with 45:34 of control time
Yan ranks ninth in UFC bantamweight history in total strikes landed with 725 Sterling ranks sixth in UFC bantamweight history with 30:17 of top position time
Yan ranks fourth in UFC bantamweight history with a takedown defense of 88 percent. Sterling ranks fourth in UFC bantamweight history with 732 significant strikes landed
Sterling ranks 10th in UFC bantamweight history with a significant striking accuracy of 50 percent
Sterling ranks third in UFC bantamweight history with a plus 2.82 striking differential
Sterling ranks ninth in UFC bantamweight history in significant striking defense at 65.6 percent
Sterling ranks sixth in UFC bantamweight history with 2.01 strikes absorbed per minute
Sterling ranks second in UFC bantamweight history with 1,102 total strikes landed
Sterling ranks eighth in UFC bantamweight history with 20 takedowns landed
Sterling is tied for fourth in UFC bantamweight history with 11 submission attempts
UFC bantamweight single fight records UFC bantamweight single fight records
Yan has the seventh latest KO in a UFC bantamweight fight at 3:24 of Round 5 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks eighth in fastest submission in a UFC bantamweight fight at 1:28 vs. Cory Sandhagen on 6-6-20
Yan is tied for first in knockdowns in one UFC bantamweight fight with three vs. Urijah Faber on 12-14-19 Sterling ranks fourth in latest knockout in a UFC bantamweight fight at 3:50 of Round 3 vs. Hugo Viana on 7-16-14
Yan ranks second in striking differential in one UFC bantamweight fight at plus 111 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks sixth in striking differential in one UFC bantamweight fight at plus 77 vs. Jimmie Rivera on 2-17-19
Yan ranks first in significant strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 194 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks second in significant strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 174 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Yan is tied for ninth in significant strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight fight with 309 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks sixth in significant strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight fight with 349 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Yan ranks first in significant ground strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 86 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks second in significant heaad strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 150 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Yan ranks first in significant head strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 150 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks second in significant body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 46 vs. Augusto Mendes on 4-15-17
Yan ranks first in total strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 258 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling is tied for sixth in significant body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 39 vs. Jimmie Rivera on 2-17-19
Yan ranks fourth in total strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight fight with 376 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling ranks ninth in significant body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 37 vs. Brett Johns on 4-21-18
Yan ranks sixth in total ground strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 150 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling is tied for 10th in significant body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 36 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Yan ranks first in total head strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 200 vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 Sterling is tied for sixth in significant body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 39 vs. Jimmie Rivera on 2-17-19
Sterling ranks eighth in total strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 175 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Sterling is tied for sixth in total strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight fight with 350 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Sterling ranks ninth in total head strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 124 vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19
Sterling ranks fourth in total body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 84 vs. Augusto Mendes on 4-15-17
Sterling ranks seventh in total body strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight fight with 61 vs. Cody Gibson on 2-22-14
UFC bantanweight single round records UFC bantanweight single round records
Yan is tied for third with 62 significant strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 - Round 5 Sterling ranks second with 64 significant strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19 - Rd 3
Yan ranks second with 113 total strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Jose Aldo on 7-11-20 - Round 5 Sterling is tied for third with 62 significant strikes landed in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19 - Rd 2
Sterling ranks second with 137 significant strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19 - Rd 3
Sterling ranks third with 138 total strikes attempted in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Pedro Munhoz on 6-8-19 - Rd 3
Sterling is tied for third with three submission attempts in one UFC bantamweight round vs. Cody Gibson on 2-22-14 - Round 3