“I’ve Saddled Up, Put My N*ts on the Table”: After Dana White’s Comments, Aljamain Sterling Blasts UFC President to “Clarify” His Statements

Published 05/22/2023, 3:21 PM EDT

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UFC President Dana White wasn’t pleased with Bantamweight fighter Aljamain Sterling and he made that clear in a recent UFC press conference. However, the UFC fighter had a lot to say back to Dana White as he didn’t agree with most of what was being said about him.

Aljamain Sterling is all set to face Bantamweight fighter Sean O’Malley for the main event at UFC 292. However, there has been some back and forth regarding the fight schedule which didn’t sit right with the UFC President. He made his displeasure about the entire ordeal known with an interesting development regarding another Bantamweight fighter.

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The backlash that Sterling had to face because of Dana White‘s recent press conference was unjust, according to the fighter. It put him in a bad light whereas the reality was far from it. In an interview with FunMasterMMA, Sterling divulged the other side of the story. Talking about Henry Cejudo, he said, “Greatest combat athlete of all time, self-proclaimed. I beat this guy also with a partially torn bicep tendon.”. Visibly agitated and disturbed, Sterling continued, “Every single time they’ve asked me to fight, I’ve saddled up put my nuts on the table and I showed out every single time and I won. So it’s just like.. at what point do I get credit from the UFC – from Uncle David.”


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Hurt by Dana White’s comments and disposition towards him, Sterling spoke sternly about the UFC President. “Dana’s super nice behind closed doors, but then he tells me I can’t get out of my own way. I’m like, what does that even mean? Just clarify what that means. And if we’re going to say things because of me saying like yeah I’m fighting but I’m also banged up [inaduible].. There’s never been a fight that was scheduled where people signed the contract. And remember contracts are just for formality – it’s just to say hey you’re going to show up. No one’s gonna sign the contract but actually just not show up in the UFC – that just doesn’t happen. So let’s stop pretending that’s a thing.”

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The Bantamweight division watches with bated breath as Dana White and Sterling go back and forth. That being said, according to the interview, there was no hesitation from Sterling – just a statement that was made regarding his injury. In the meantime, Henry Cejudo has reached out to the UFC president in trying to nominate himself for a fight with O’Malley.


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The controversy around the fight was laid to rest when Dana White confirmed the Fight Card for UFC 292 – O’Malley vs. Sterling.

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The controversy around the fight is working in favor of the promotion. The match is destined to be a great one and with big names being involved, there is no saying where it could go. UFC 292 is scheduled to be held on August 20 and rest assured – it will be one for the ages.

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Arghyadeep Ghosh


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Arghyadeep is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His love for combat sports dates back to the WWF. Being a 90’s kid, he grew up fascinated by showmanship, competitive fighting, and wrestling.
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Anuj Jacob