Aljamain Sterling Reveals Thoughts Of Retirement If UFC 300 Bout Didn’t Go His Way

Earlier this month at UFC 300, Aljamain Sterling secured a defiant victory in his 145-pound debut over Calvin Kattar, and it sounds like the former bantamweight champion was treating this as a make-or-break moment.

Luckily for Sterling, when it came time to read the judges’ scorecards, the decision was in his favor unanimously. But, coming off his knockout title loss to Sean O’Malley last August, it seems his confidence level going into the bout was not where it typically is.

Earlier this week, Sterling spoke with Ariel Helwani on an episode of The MMA Hour, where he divulged that moments before the fight he was having thoughts in which he began to ‘second guess’ things.

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“Fight day in the backroom is when I really started to second guess a lot of everything. I was just having doubt of like, man, if this doesn’t go well I don’t know where I go from here,” Sterling said on The MMA Hour. “Do I continue to keep fighting? Do I just call it quits kind of thing? Those are real thoughts I had.

“At the end of the day, I’m not just trying to collect a check. There’s so many guys that stick around just to do that. I respect them, but I’m here to be number one,” Sterling continued. “If it’s just like I’m going to be in the pack, I’ve made enough money. I think I’ve done enough in my career where I’m like, alright, it’s probably time to find a new job. That’s kind of the way I look at things. If you’re not first, you’re last.”


Despite a serious likelihood of spending many years to come residing in the top 10 of his current division, Sterling has only championship gold on his mind, regardless of being a newcomer in a talent rich featherweight division. With the current mindset of the former champion, many are speculating that if Sterling’s run at 145-pounds is derailed even once, that will be it for “Funk Master”.

“It depends on how it would have happened,” he said.  “If I had got my a** completely kicked by Calvin Kattar, I was probably done.  No one knew about that.  I didn’t share those sentiments with anybody.”


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