“Aljo by TKO” – Aljamain Sterling’s excitement upon featherweight debut at historic UFC 300 card has fans hoping for another title run

Aljamain Sterling expresses his excitement on getting to face Calvin Kattar at the UFC 300.


“Aljo by TKO” – Aljamain Sterling’s excitement upon featherweight debut at historic UFC 300 card has fans hoping for another title run

Aljamain Sterling epresses his interest for UFC 300 bout, against Calvin Kattar (Source: IMAGO/Twitter)

UFC CEO Dana White recently took to X to divulge the next few fight cards, stepping into 2024. As such, former bantamweight titleholder Aljamain Sterling officially moves up to featherweight. The “FunkMaster” faces Calvin Kattar in his divisional debut at UFC 300, after a previous loss to Sean O’Malley. The fighter recently squabbled with the promotion, and White as an extension. This was regarding a ticket mishap that kept him from attending UFC 296.

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Sterling, the Jamaican-Orthodox last incurred a TKO loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 292. He had consequently made a case for a rematch quite a few times. But O’Malley has chosen to make his maiden defense against bantamweight #6 Marlon Vera. Sterling, and sparring partner Merab Dvalishvili both hold higher ranks; which is why they protested the choice. But with no title rematch available, he made a shift to featherweight. A prime reaction to his inclusion in the UFC 300 card says – “Aljo by TKO.”

After the announcement, the aspirant Sterling tweeted about giving the “fans a show,” thus sprouting a plethora of fan reactions. He even consequently took to his YouTube account to mention the same on his channel. Previously the fighter had welcomed the notion of facing Max Holloway in his featherweight debut.

The fight takes place on April 13, 2024, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. White said none of the announced bouts will be the main/co-main event of the pay-per-view card, which has already garnered much anticipation.

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Fans react to Aljamain Sterling’s featherweight debut at UFC 300

UFC 300 saw its first few fight announcements as of late. Aljamain Sterling disengages his pursuit of the bantamweight gold to face Calvin Kattar. This fight happens in the primed UFC 300 fight card. The 135lber Sterling last faced Sean O’Malley and lost.

Similarly, Kattar has not competed since 2022. He last suffered a TKO loss to Arnold Allen and also subsequently incurred a leg injury.

Fans react to Aljamain Sterling's debut at featherweight, after loss to Sean O'Malley
Fans react to Aljamain Sterling’s debut at featherweight, after loss to Sean O’Malley (Source: IMAGO)

Back in August, Sterling was aspiring to defend his bantamweight gold for the 4th time in a row at UFC 292. Had he won, he was already inclined towards moving up to featherweight and challenging Alexander Volkanovski. Check out a few fan sentiments on such a hopeful shot for another title run:

A lot of fans have channeled much positive reinforcement towards the returning fighter. The former reigning bantamweight has many accolades in his previous division. Fans are thus immensely hopeful for what comes next for the fighter.

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