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Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will have to wait a little bit longer to get their hands on each other after their world title rematch was pushed back a month to UFC 273 in April from its original date on March 5 — but the two rivals can’t quite agree on why the change was made.

Speaking on the Weekly Scraps podcast, Sterling explained the UFC’s decision to delay the bout (which came as the original UFC 272 headliner between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway was cancelled) was down to Yan not being vaccinated against Covid-19, forcing the change of date — but Yan later took to social media to rubbish those claims.

“Quick update,” said Sterling. “I know you guys probably seen some of the news, but yes, they are talking about pushing our fight back to April, not because of me. This is what I was told that ‘Yan isn’t vaccinated. Yan isn’t vaccinated so he can’t fight in March. I’m Yan and I’m not vaccinated so I can’t fight in March.’

“I actually respect his gangster [stance]. If this is the real reason I actually respect his stance, I respect it, but it doesn’t make any sense. And I’m making fun of it because it’s like, was he going to be vaccinated in April. I don’t think so. What are we doing?”

Yan, though, shot back on Twitter and called Sterling a “pathetic liar” and, well, things escalated from there.