‘Needles Are a Hell of a Drug’- Aljamain Sterling Hits Back at TJ Dillashaw’s Recent Claims

Published 12/21/2020, 4:30 AM EST


Aljamain Sterling is one of the best bantamweights in the world at the moment. ‘Funkmaster’ was scheduled to take on Petr Yan before the end of the year. However, visa issues prevented Yan from entering the country due to which the two men could not fight. 

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The bantamweight division has been on fire lately. A talent stacked division with a host of fights clamoring to make it to the top. The likes of Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, Cody Garbrandt are all top bantamweights.  

Add to that the return of TJ Dillashaw next month. He has been a popular target for bantamweights to call out this weekend? The likes of Jose Aldo and Rob Font both called out TJ Dillashaw after their wins at UFC Vegas 17. 

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Read: TJ Dillashaw sends a warning to the bantamweight division 

Aljamain Sterling pokes fun at TJ Dillashaw’s PED usage

After leaning that multiple fighters had called him out after UFC Vegas 17, the former champion tweeted, “I heard everyone is calling me out, cause they all know that’s my belt @ufc

The tweet did not sit well with Aljamain Sterling, who responded with a video with the caption, “Needles are a hell of a drug

Needles are a hell of a drug. 😂😂😩😩 https://t.co/iNnRcFJI0u pic.twitter.com/RRtxqPiGa2

— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 20, 2020

Dillashaw was suspended in January 2019 after he was was found guilty of using performance-enhancing drugs for his fight against Henry Cejudo. USADA suspended the former champion for two years, and he will be eligible to fight in January 2021. 

Therefore, it is no surprise that many fighters have been calling him out since he is eligible to fight next month. 

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NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The former champion will rejoin a bantamweight division that looks a lot different from when he left it. Petr Yan is now the champion and will be taking on Sterling early next year.

The likes of Jose Aldo, Dominick Cruz, and long-time rival Cody Garbrandt are all viable fight options for Dillashaw when he returns to competition. There are a lot of interesting fights on the horizon at 135-pounds for MMA fans. 

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Who would you like TJ Dillashaw to face on his return to the octagon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy

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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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