“Gotcha Hat”: Floyd Mayweather Dissed by Jake Paul and Aljamain Sterling as Fans Bash UFC Champ’s “Cringe” Collab With YouTuber

Published 06/06/2023, 5:22 AM EDT

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UFC champion Aljamain Sterling just surprised the MMA world with a surprise collaboration. The UFC Bantamweight champion posed for a picture with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul and shared it on social media. Now, fans are stepping forward with some strong reactions to ‘Funkmaster.’

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Aljamain Sterling has been making headlines since defending his title against Henry Cejudo at UFC 288. The 33-year-old took an issue with Dana White announcing his next fight against Sean O’Malley at UFC 292, without consulting him. ‘Aljo’ has since been unapologetically volatile on social media and wants the respect he thinks he is owed.

After a series of bold Tweets concerning the tension with Dana White and some back-and-forths with Sean O’Malley, Sterling has taken the bold move to pose with the controversial YouTuber Jake Paul. Paul had no shortage of haters in the MMA community thanks to his early fights against aging MMA veterans. Now, Sterling is getting some of the same treatment after posing with him.

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Fans pour in mixed reactions to ‘Aljo’s’ Post

In a recent Instagram post, Aljamain Sterling shared a picture of himself with Jake Paul. In the caption, he wrote, “Gotcha hat” referencing Paul’s infamous run-in with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Notably, during the build-up to the Logan Paul vs Floyd Mayweather clash, ‘The Problem Child’ snatched the undefeated boxer’s hat during a confrontation, which led to Mayweather chasing him down and security having to step in and separate them.

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Sterling’s post had a lot of reactions from fans and pros alike. Teammate and ex-UFC star Al Iaquinta wrote, “Problem children.” Fans also had a lot to say. Following are some of the highlighted fan reactions.

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  • Damn bro how can you..
  • That’s betrayal for the mma community
  • Damn, and I was just starting to like you lmao
  • Went from hanging out with Top G to hanging out with Bottom G
  • You betrayed us with this one 
  • double the cringe 
  • Now Dana definitely is going to try to get that belt off your waist
  • Now this is your first official L
  • My boy aljo tryna get sum out his pocket
  • Just when I was starting like you Aljo you had to make friends with YouTube clown.

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As can be seen from the reactions, a lot of fans were not happy with the move from ‘Aljo.’ What could he be planning? Is he about to enter some sort of business partnership with Paul? Or was this just to take a dig at Dana White? Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 500 articles on the sport. With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Yeswanth expertly combines his writing and storytelling skills with his passion for MMA. He was initially drawn to the sport after the intense rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov captured his attention.
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