Aljamain Sterling Slams Critics Following UFC 259 DQ Win
Aljamain Sterling is blasting those who are criticizing him following his disqualification win at UFC 259.
On the main card of UFC 259, Sterling challenged Petr Yan for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Sterling applied pressure early in the fight but the UFC commentary team questioned if the “Funkmaster” was spending too much energy. Sterling did appear to slow down and Yan was looking to take over when he landed an illegal knee on a downed opponent.
Sterling could not continue. As a result of the foul being deemed intentional, Sterling was awarded the UFC Bantamweight Championship via disqualification.
Some fans have taken to social media to question just how hurt Sterling was. Some have gone as far as to say that the newly-minted 135-pound champion took the easy way out. Sterling has even received unfavorable comments from the likes of Daniel Cormier, Ariel Helwani, and “Big” John McCarthy.
During an interview with MMAFighting.com, Sterling fired back at those critics.
“I had a sh*tty performance, hopefully the next time’s the best one, I get another opportunity and I can validate the belt,” Sterling said when relaying what he told his friends after the fight. “I said I can validate this belt and actually be able to hold this up. I put the belt down, we did the toast, took my sip, put the belt down and then a couple hours later I end up throwing up in a bathroom. That’s my celebration, Ariel Helwani, Daniel Cormier and everybody else who thinks I’m parading around. Shut the f**k up. You have no idea what you’re talking about. Again, the fight will happen and this will get settled. It’s as simple as that.
“These guys, the all-powerful people are saying I’m painting a picture like I don’t want a rematch from Ariel Helwani. Ariel, shut the f**k up. You don’t even know what it’s like to be a freaking athlete. Shut up. Let alone a fighter. Talking about what I should and shouldn’t be doing. You’re telling me this doesn’t look good? Show me what I did that doesn’t look good. What did I do? What did I post that doesn’t look good? Me posting that I got hit with an illegal knee? Yeah, I think rightfully so anybody would be doing that.”