The UFC's Bantamweight rankings could see a shakeup after UFC 228, as two high-level 135-pound fights took place at the show that saw four top-ten fighters in the division do battle.
#10 Cody Stamann started off strong in his prelim fight with #8 Aljamain Sterling. However, a turn of the tides ended up with Sterling applying a very nasty looking full nelson on his opponent before setting up a modified Suloev Stretch to finish off Stamann in one of the most unbelievable submissions in UFC history.
You can see an excerpt from the fight below.
Round Two: The round begins with Stamann attacking Sterling with a high kick, Sterling backs Stamann up while swinging away at him. Sterling scores a takedown on a kicking Stamann and he gets him in the seated position, Sterling gains back control against Stamann. Stamann gets back up with Sterling holding onto him, Sterling starts attacking Stamann with knee strikes. Stamann scores a takedown on Sterling and Sterling gets back up, Stamann also attacks Sterling with knee strikes before separating. Sterling then scores a takedown on Stamann and he gets side control, Sterling gains the full mount against Stamann. Sterling advances to back control while landing strikes, Sterling catches Stamann in a knee bar and a tap out follows.
Official Result: #8 Aljamain Sterling def. #10 Cody Stamann by submission via knee bar (3:42, R2)
Sterling is on one of the best runs of his UFC career, as he's won four of his last five fights, all happening since April of last year. He moves to 16-3 overall.
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