‘I’m Still Getting in There Against the Rat’- Aljamain Sterling Hits Back at Fan After Recent Comments

Published 12/27/2021, 7:08 AM EST
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)


UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has faced his fair share of criticism from the MMA world ever since he won the belt. The reason for this is that Sterling became the first UFC champion to win the belt via disqualification. Former champion Petr Yan landed a devastating knee to a downed opponent and Sterling wasn’t able to continue.

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As Dana White wrapped the belt around Sterling’s waist, The Longo-Serra fighter discarded the belt, making it clear that he wasn’t happy with the way he won. However, not long after, Sterling was seen celebrating backstage with his family and team. Such incidents have led nearly the entire MMA fanbase to turn of Sterling, and they want to see him defend his spot.

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Aljamain Sterling goes back and forth with a fan

One particular fan who wasn’t too thrilled with Sterling took to Twitter to trash him. Chiefly, the fan reminded him of the reasons why the MMA community had turned on him. He also trashed Sterling for his recent comments that Petr Yan was utilizing PED’s and evading USADA.

Sterling has never been one to take slander laying down, and he clapped back at the fan who was trashing him. ‘The Funkmaster’ said that despite his PED accusations against Yan, he would still be squaring off against him inside the octagon. Their rematch will be one of the most anticipated clashes of the upcoming year.

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Petr Yan has done his due diligence to make sure no one sidesteps him and steals his title shot. Yan defeated Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267 to claim the interim bantamweight title for himself. Not to mention, the fight was an explosive classic and is in contention for ‘Fight of the Year’ 2021.

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Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan were expected to battle in an undisputed title clash at UFC 267. However, Sterling would end up pulling out and he hasn’t competed since winning the belt. Just after his win, he would go in for neck surgery and claims to be in a lot better shape. Fans will hope to see this clash come to fruition so that the division can get some semblance of closure.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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