Aljamain Sterling was in Hawaii, asleep, when he discovered that his division was turned on its head.
The 29-year-old bantamweight competitor was on an exercise trip, keeping himself prepared and in shape as though he had a struggle already booked. He also doesn’t, but that may change soon given that the news that broke earlier this week concerning 135-pound champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Willing to step into the cage when he’s needed, Sterling had expected that when the time comes to schedule a match up for a empty name he’d be just one of those titles at the mix. The “Funk Master” is currently No. 3 at the UFC’s official rankings on the potency of three straight wins and five in his last seven.
As it happens, Sterling and Munhoz would be the odd men out whilst the UFC announced Wednesday that Moraes will probably soon be carrying on UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo to the best to develop into the next bantamweight king. That just increases the likelihood that Sterling and Munhoz will probably soon likely be paired up, possibly to pick a No. 1 competition, also Sterling recently told MMA Struggling that he isn’t accepting Munhoz’s opinions lying down.
“If this match up should happen to happen, I love my opportunities against Pedro,” Sterling stated. “” I saw him do a meeting with some MMA internet site, talking about my style is not favorable for the fans, that the fans desire blood, he also believes I’m going to attempt to either out-wrestle or out-grapple him or whomever else that I struggle.
Did you see me buy any take downs? Did you see me needing a takedown? Or was I not picking that guy apart on the feet? I think you’re fearful. I figure I’m the newest Ben Askren of the 135-pound division. ”
Sterling gave Munhoz charge for the success he’s after a shaky start to his UFC career (the two actually both debuted at UFC 170 straight back in February 2014 together with Sterling beating Cody Gibson along with Munhoz declining a determination to Raphael Assuncao), but wanted to place Munhoz’s accomplishments in outlook. In regards to Munhoz’s recent first-round KO of prior champion Cody Garbrandt, Sterling contested far a win over “No Appreciate ” meant he was coming away of backtoback declines to Dillashaw.
“You (Munhoz) had just two amazing endings in Bryan Caraway and Cody Garbrandt, I give you that,” Sterling stated. “However, that I smacked the crap out of Caraway at the first round — that was more of a cardio issue along with doing too many workouts at your afternoon of my struggle, but that’s neither here nor there, that was in 2016, exactly what exactly are doing? — he fought Jimmie Rivera and this was a split decision, and that I smacked (Rivera) up. ”
Asked if he believes that the UFC bantamweight landscape could finally settle into a groove at the close of the season with all the leading contenders getting their fair shake,” Sterling was optimistic. He decried fighters chasing superfights — as Dillashaw failed when he attempted to dethrone Cejudo — also stated that his own motivation is simply to “eventually be a UFC champ” and “make a shit-ton of funds. ”
And it’d be a good deal easier for Sterling to reach those aims if the UFC matchmakers have a look at the rankings and worked from there, which is 1 thing he and Munhoz do concur.
“& We & & rsquo;re all fighting for a reason,” Sterling stated. “& We ’re not fighting to merely struggle. There’s must be some type of benefit at the end of the rainbow and this reward will be actually just a big, shiny, UFC gold buckle. That affects every fighter’s life dramatically for the better. Should we’re just going to get contenders fighting merely to fight, this doesn’t even make a whole lot of sense. Then I might as well just begin jumping around divisions too because there’s a lot of fun fights for myself in different divisions whom I think I would love to entertain.
“” I simply hope the UFC does precisely the ideal thing and actually makes the rankings amazing again. ”