“It’s My Body and I Have To Live in It”- Aljamain Sterling Lashes Out at Fans for Hating on Him After UFC 267 Withdrawal

Published 09/28/2021, 7:20 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Aljamain Sterling prepares to fight 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 been subject to a lot of hate online after he had to withdraw from his UFC 267 fight against Petr Yan. Sterling had neck surgery not so long ago. The issues related to it are still lingering, and the doctors didn’t give him the nod to compete at the pay-per-view.

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Sterling won the belt at UFC 259 after the former champion, Petr Yan, landed an illegal knee and the challenger wasn’t able to continue. Fans have ridiculed him for long for the manner in which he won the title. And now having to pull out from the rematch made those mockings even more intense toward Sterling.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager came out in Sterling’s support on Twitter. “Everyone give @funkmasterMMA sh*t, I don’t know what the he’ll they’re talking about, I had a neck surgery and minimum you need 9-12 months to heal, and if you rush it, you will be paralyzed for the rest of your life,” said Abdelaziz.

Ppl are all doctors out there Ali. It’s my body and I have to live in it for the rest of my life! I will be back as soon as I’m ready to physically compete the right way. When you win, they love you. When you lose, a lot turn their back. When you look out for your health, ur a (clown),” Sterling replied.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: (L-R) Opponents Petr Yan of Russia and Aljamain Sterling face off during the UFC 259 weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 05, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

With Sterling injured, the co-main event has fallen apart. Hence, it seems like the promotion will have to look elsewhere if they want to keep another title fight on the card.

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The UFC is looking to make an interim belt with Aljamain Sterling injured

Aljo’s injury means Yan needs a fight in the meantime. It was reported that an interim title fight might be made. Cory Sandhagen seems to be the front runner to take on Yan for that. However, that bout is yet to be announced. Hence, as of now, ‘No Mercy’s status at UFC 267 is in limbo.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (L-R) Petr Yan of Russia punches Aljamain Sterling in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 259 event at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It remains to be seen when Sterling heals up and is ready to compete again. If he will be out for 9-12 months, the UFC would surely opt for an interim belt to keep the division running. If they do take this route, who should be next for Petr Yan?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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