“I’ve Been in Aljo’s Shoes” -Dominick Cruz Neutral Over Aljamain Sterling’s Situation

Published 10/16/2021, 3:04 PM EDT


Dominick Cruz, the former UFC bantamweight champion, will make his UFC return at UFC 269. Cruz is eager to move up from his current ranking of 11th, and a victory versus Pedro Munhoz will allow him to achieve exactly that. Recently, Cruz has been pushing for a battle higher up the rankings, and it appears that he has finally gotten what he has been looking for.

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“The Dominator” was recently interviewed by Ariel Helwani. During the interview, they addressed a variety of topics, one of which was the current position of UFC Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling was set to face Petr Yan in a rematch at UFC 267, however, he withdrew from the fight due to issues with his neck. Now there is a high probability that Sterling will be made to surrender his bantamweight belt because of his recent neck surgery. Furthermore, it is unknown whether the “Funk Master” will ever fight again.

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When asked about his thoughts on Aljamain Sterling, Dominick said,” I don’t know what happened to Aljo, or why he chose to do that. Other than his neck is probably right. Like who am I? I was a champion, who sat on your show how many years ago and wept like a little baby when my knee was blown out, while I had the title. So all I can say is I’ve been in Aljo’s shoes.”

Cruz then went on to explain; “When you have the title, you’re the king of the division. The division’s waiting on you, and that’s the responsibility of it. So with that responsibility sitting on your shoulders, and then you’re injured. That’s like two different things pulling you two separate ways. And you’re just getting torn into pieces. And you’re in the grey area of media, and fans eating you alive. That’s where Aljo is.”

What happened to Aljamain Sterling?

Aljamain Sterling was slated to face Petr Yan for the title at UFC 267. Unfortunately, this did not happen, since Sterling had to withdraw from the bout. ‘The Funkmaster’ had released a video of his doctor’s explaining his injury on his Instagram account earlier this year.

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The doctor showed scans of his spinal column in the video. He explained why surgical operations were required to treat muscular weakness caused by a constriction of the left neural foramen between the C6 and C7 vertebrae.

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Sterling would need three to six months to recuperate completely from the procedure, according to the doctor.

What do you think of Sterling’s situation? Let us know.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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