Aljamain Sterling Said He Just ‘Needs Time,’ Aims For Comeback In Early 2022
Aljamain Sterling said he’s coming back, but just needs time.
Sterling is aiming for a comeback in early 2022 to defend his UFC bantamweight title belt. He is recovering from recent neck surgery, which he said he should’ve gotten sooner.
“I think January, February, March at the latest,” Sterling said of his return while co-hosting The Fighter vs. The Writer podcast. “I really don’t want do anything later than that. I’m getting older and I want to capitalize on my youth. I would love to try to get three title fights in a year.”
Serra-Longo fighting team’s captain, Sterling, is one of the most talented Brazilian fighters in the division. He said he wants to stay active and be a champion for a long time.
Even when Merab Dvalishvili was asked if he wanted to replace Sterling and fight with Petr Yan for the interim title, Dvalishvili refused and said Sterling would defeat Yan and remain the champion.
Sterling was supposed to defend his title for the first time at UFC 267. However, doctors did not allow him to participate in this matchup because of the surgery.
Sterling’s last performance was in early 2021.
For the interim bantamweight title, Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen will share the octagon this Saturday, and the winner will be a mandatory fight for the champion.
“I’m in a good spot,” Sterling explained. “I do believe that I’ve made some serious gains. I just need more time.