Aljamain Sterling to Return at an Exhibition Fight Against Roman Bravo-Young

Published 12/07/2020, 10:20 PM EST


Aljamain Sterling was supposed to fight this month against Petr Yan for the bantamweight title. However, visa issues meant that Yan could not make it to the United States, due to which they canceled the fight. The fight between the two men was a highly anticipated clash between two of the best at bantamweight at the moment. Yan is riding a ten-fight win streak, whereas Sterling is riding a five-fight win steak. 

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Despite not being scheduled for a fight in the UFC this month, Sterling is set to compete in an exhibition match on December 22. He will be taking on Roman-Bravo Young. 

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Sterling put out a tweet saying, “IT’S OFFICIAL!!! December 22nd, I’m dusting off the wrestling shoes against .@romanbravoyoung! D1 vs D3 wrestling baby! This will be a feature match LIVE on .@TheRokfin. Link in my bio! 6 minutes wrestling. 3 minutes of BJJ. Who you guys got? Drop a comment below!”

Roman Bravo-Young is a two-time all American and one time big ten runner up out of Penn State University. He is currently the fourth-ranked pound-for-pound fighter on the NCAA’s 133-pound list. 

This all started when Young put out a tweet that said, “Most MMA Fighters couldn’t pin a tweet…I challenge anyone to a wrestling match for Charity. The $$$ goes to help teach @jakepaul how to fight.”

Funkmaster’ took him up on the challenge, and some tweets and a few days made it official. Sterling will take on Roman Bravo-Young in an exhibition match that will see them wrestle for six minutes and then three minutes of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

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Can Aljamain Sterling snap a ten-fight streak?

‘Funkmaster’ will take on his biggest test to date in the UFC when he takes on Yan early next year. Sterling is currently on a five-fight win streak that includes wins over the likes of Corey Sandhagen and Pedro Munhoz, among others.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Aljamain Sterling celebrates after his submission victory over Cory Sandhagen in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

 The man who will be standing across the octagon from him is on a ten-fight win streak and is looking unstoppable at the moment. It will take a herculean effort from Sterling to overthrow ‘No Mercy’ and become the undisputed bantamweight champion of the world. 

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How do you think Sterling will match up against Yan? Can he become the bantamweight champion?

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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