Aljamain Sterling On Potential Immediate Rematch Between Adesanya And Strickland

In a recent addition to his YouTube channel, former bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling touched on the possibility of an instant rematch between Israel Adesanya and Sean Strickland following their 5-round bout at UFC 293.

In a shocking upset, Strickland was able to nullify Adesanya’s diverse attacks, and take home the unanimous decision victory, in addition to the middleweight championship belt. Following the contest, Dana White expressed his interest in an immediate rematch between the two, but not everyone feels that this is the fair move for the UFC brass to make.

Back in August at UFC 292, Sterling fell victim to a counter right from Sean O’Malley, which led to the stoppage, as well as the loss of his bantamweight title. No rematch between these top two 135-pound competitors has been announced, and Sterling feels that if he is not getting an immediate rematch, neither should Adesanya.

“Izzy, if they give you the title shot, brother, take that s*** and run. But what I’m saying it, how do you get it and I don’t? If the fans, Dana, whoever, if they can justify that to me, I’ll be like, ‘Alright, I can see your point.’ But I don’t see the point.”

“What are we talking about?” Sterling said. “You’re saying his reign was better than mine based on what? I’m giving you guys all these fights and how they played out, which one of these are the ones that stand out? [Paulo] Costa fight was crazy, that was a really good finish, and then the [Alex] Pereira fight, only because he lost and then he comes back in the second fight, and that was a great fight because of the anticipation.”

“I don’t want the fans to get this misconstrued,” Sterling said. “I don’t want the UFC brass to get this misconstrued. It’s a business. It’s the entertainment business. It’s not the merit business of No. 1 is supposed to fight No. 2. If it did, we wouldn’t even be having this conversation, but that’s not the case.

“This is all about the numbers. Izzy has done what he’s done in the past. He’s a huge figure. Look at his social media following versus Sean [O’Malley]. I just wish there was a little bit more consistency so we knew.”

Quotes via MMA Fighting



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