Alexander Shlemenko: “In Sterling’s place, I most likely would have continued the fight, but the Americans will never do it”
The well-known Russian middleweight Alexander Shlemenko claims that in the place of Aljamein Sterling, he would strive to continue the fight if he missed the same forbidden blow that Peter Yan inflicted on the American during their fight at UFC 259. At the same time, he notes that Sterling should not be condemned for refusing to continue the fight.
“In Sterling’s place, I most likely would have continued the fight, but the Americans will never do that. It’s hard for me to speak, I won’t answer at all, because then conversations will begin. Why blame Sterling? Any American would do that. Why fight?” You won the fight, your opponent violated the rules. What’s the problem? You don’t fight and you get the title. Rather, Sterling fought, tried to win.
There was no such thing that he just went out, imitated and missed. He stood, did not fall, did not put his hands down, did not deduce this position. He just knelt in front of Petya. Ian could hit him with his hands, but he hit him from his knee, “Alexander Shlemenko said in an interview with the Sport24 YouTube channel.
We will remind, Shlemenko also said that he considers the violation of the rules on the part of Yan deliberate.