Unlike the first meeting between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, Aljamain settled the score when he defeated Yan fairly and squarely in the co-main event of UFC 273. At UFC 259, Aljamain won the world title after his opponent Yan struck him with an illegal knee in the first round. For the same reason, the previous champion was disqualified. Since then, the MMA community has treated Aljamain Sterling with contempt, believing that he did not deserve to win the title because his style of victory was surprising and unique.
The fans did not believe the existing quo was correct because the current champion did not truly defeat his opponent on the basis of competence. However, in the rematch at UFC 273, he disproved the skeptics by winning a unanimous decision over Petr Yan.
“My patience is growing thin”- Aljamain Sterling sends a troll message to his competitors on the occasion of father’s day
On the occasion of Father’s day, Sterling sends a troll message to his competitors inferring that he is a superior fighter to him, the took to Twitter in which he stated, “Still waiting on a Happy Father’s Day card from a few bantamweights. My patience is growing thin…”
The UFC just announced that a battle between Sterling and T.J. Dillashaw will take place at UFC 279 on September 10. Sterling later addressed the issue, stating that he has yet to sign a contract to fight Dillashaw and will not do so unless he is paid more money. This is due to Sterling’s decision to take a stand.
He revealed that he was paid $400,000 for his championship defense versus Yan, which does not include his cut of the pay-per-view buys. However, Sterling claims that he hasn’t received the raise in compensation that he expects in his upcoming fight.
He recently stated,“Because at the end of the day, I climbed through the ranks, I worked my ass off, and I played my position in terms of helping to promote the fights, which a lot of these guys don’t even do. I’m here to be a company man, and at the same time, I want to look out for my best interests. There’s a fine line where there’s a balance where getting both of those done can happen.”