Ahead of his second title defence at UFC 280, Aljamain Sterling appeared on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani last week to discuss about his upcoming bout and more. The Bantamweight champion is set to defend his title against T.J. Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280 Oliveria vs Makhachev in Yas Island.
After winning the title in a controversial DQ win over the then-champion Petr Yan at UFC 259. He was trolled brutally with some fans even claiming that he was faking the injury to get out of the fight as he was losing. Funk Master proved everybody wrong in the rematch at UFC 273 by winning the rematch in a dominant fashion to retain his title.
The champion is currently on a 7- fight win streak and is looking the maintain the status quo. A win over the former champ will also cement his name in the division. Although T.J. Dillashaw is not an easy opponent Aljo is positive that he will beat him easily. This will be his second title defence after beating Petr Yan in the rematch at UFC 273.
Aljamain Sterling is working on shoring up his relationship with the promotion
Aljamain Sterling recently did an interview with Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour last week. He discussed his upcoming fight, the fight being moved from UFC 279 to UFC 280, his training camp and his reaction to Dillashaw’s comments as well as how the UFC treats him even after being a champion. He stated that he does not feel the love from the promotion.
Talking on the topic he stated, “I don’t know, sometimes I feel like, for lack of better terms, the cliché, the ‘red-headed stepchild’, Sometimes I do [feel like that]. It’s not with everybody in the UFC. Certain people that probably matter the most. I guess it’s not always the best feeling to be on that side, but I roll with the punches. I’m going to do me, no matter what. But I just don’t feel like I get the push like maybe some others do. Or maybe I’m just in my own head.”
“If you were to ask the brass, they probably would say no, but then again, I don’t know. I’m just here rolling with the punches, that the best way I can put that. But it’s hard to know what these guys are really thinking. I don’t think any of us know what they’re actually thinking, in terms of the upper echelons of the UFC, and the only thing you can try to hope for is that they like you and you’re in their good graces. That’s really all there is to it. Do your job, hopefully you do it well, and hopefully you get rewarded handsomely for it.” He further added.
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