Per Dana White, What’s Next For Aljamain Sterling?
After waiting patiently, it appears that Aljamian Sterling is getting what he’s been asking for for a long time.
Following UFC on ESPN 15, UFC President Dana White was asked about the next challenger for UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan. Following multiple conversations in which Sterling’s name has been brought up, White hinted that “Funk Master” may get his shot at gold.
“Yeah… I’m pretty sure it’s [going to be], it’s more than likely going to be Sterling,” White stated, via MMA Fighting.
Sterling (19-3) only needed one round to take out Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250. This came after months of being away due to surgery. Ranked second in the UFC’s bantamweight rankings, he is currently on a five-fight win streak.
Over the past few months, Sterling has been wondering why White has not pulled the trigger on him getting a title opportunity. When it appeared he would get a shot at Henry Cejudo, Dominick Cruz would return after years away from the octagon and face Cejudo at UFC 249. After winning via TKO, Cejudo retired and relinquished the title. Yan was one of the main contenders to fight for the vacant title, but he would face Jose Aldo, who was originally set to face Cejudo before Cruz. At UFC 251, Yan beat Aldo via TKO.
Sterling continued to wait for a call from White. Coach Ray Longo believed Sterling shouldn’t fight again until he got a title shot. Now that White has given him some form of hope, Sterling was relieved and ready.
About time!! I’m coming for you soon my Russian friend 🍑💦 https://t.co/KIkctPL1ct
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) August 23, 2020
Yan (15-1) is on a ten-fight win streak and is 7-0 in the UFC. When asked who he wants to fight next, Yan stated that Sterling deserved a shot at the title.
It is unknown when the two would fight, if the bout was to happen. Yan was interested in November, while Abu Dhabi and Las Vegas are potential destinations.