UFC’s Bantamweight division is currently one of the most stacked divisions, With Aljamain Sterling as the current 135lbs King. Sterling snatched the belt from Petr Yan at UFC 259 in a very controversial DQ win. However, he proved the doubters wrong in the rematch. With a split decision in the rematch, Sterling cemented himself as the champion.
Aljamain Sterling is now set to face the former champion T.J. Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280 Oliveira vs Makhachev on Oct. 22 in UAE. Dillashaw will look to recapture the belt again while The Funkmaster is looking to maintain his dominance and win streak in the division with a win over the former champion he will also cement his legacy.
The Funkmaster is currently on a 7 fight win streak after his last loss in 2017 against Marlon Moraes. This will be Sterling’s second title defence after beating Petr Yan in the rematch at UFC 273.
On the other hand, Killashaw is on a one-fight win streak after returning from a long two-year suspension. In his last outing, he lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO back in 2019. Dillashaw had successfully defended the UFC bantamweight title three times over two separate title reigns. His second title reign came to an abrupt end after he was forced to vacate the title in January 2019 after testing positive for EPO by USADA.
Aljamain Sterling is annoyed by T J Dillashaw
In an interview recently with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, the champion discussed his upcoming fight with the former champ. He talked about the fight being moved from UFC 279 to UFC 280, his training camp and his reaction to Dillashaw’s comments.
When asked about his next opponent, the champion praised his opponent T.J. Dillashaw but he also send a warning shot. He stated,” I’m very indifferent about T.J and the main thing is, the guy is a ‘cheating little weasel’ that’s been doing this for years you know, so on one side of the coin, I respect him because even if you’re cheating you still have to have some type of work ethic and drive and motivation to get up in the morning and put in the work and still have the technique to win those fights.”
“So, Kudos! to you for that, you get a handclap but second side of it you done it the dirty way you didn’t really do it on your own merit and just your own blood, sweat and tears kinda thing so I’m little annoyed by that.” He added.
Reacting to Dillashaw’s comments that Aljo isn’t a dangerous fighter. The champion responded, “Let’s see how not dangerous I am. Last time I checked, you got your face punched in by Cory Sandhagen; that did not happen to me and last time I checked Cory Sanhagen had a really really tough fight with Petr Yan; that did not happen to me. So I do like my odds in this one.”