“It’s Really A Slap In The Face”-UFC Bantamweight Hits Out At UFC For Partial Treatment

Published 06/05/2020, 12:13 AM EDT


Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling made media rounds ahead of his Match-up with Corey Sandhagen. ‘The Funk Master’ is set to fight on the main card of UFC 250 at the Apex Facility. This fight is considered as the number one contender’s bout. In a heavily stacked division, both fighters are looking to solidify their positions.

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Aljamain Sterling is coming off four straight victories against big names in the 135-pound division. Standing in his way at UFC 250 is Corey Sandhagen, who is 5-0 in the UFC. The two elite bantamweights have been on a collision course for a while now.

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Speaking to ESPN ahead of his scheduled bout, Sterling spoke about his thoughts on another divisional rival. In his way is Petr Yan, who has made big noise in the division.

Yan is coming off victories over legends such as Urijah Faber and John Dodson. Yan has quickly become a front runner in the promotion, much to Aljamain Sterling’s dismay.

Aljamain Sterling Goes Off!

‘The Funk Master’ laid into fellow contender Petr Yan. “Sandhagen vs Me is better than Petr Yan. Who has Petr Yan beat? The one common opponent we have was Jimmy Rivera, and I think I beat him way more definitively than he did.

“He beat a guy who just came out of retirement in Urijah Faber. No disrespect to Urijah, but the old Urijah would take that shot differently. Father time is undefeated,” Sterling went on to say.

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The next fight for the contenders involved will be for the title, as Henry Cejudo retired from the sport. Aljamain Sterling feels as though this is his best shot at calling for a seat at the table.

UFC President Dana White has gone on record saying that Petr Yan is the front-runner for the next belt ever since his last victory.

Aljamain responded, “For them to be giving him this kind of push it’s really a slap in the face, maybe just disrespectful to the entire division.”

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With the division more stacked than ever, each bantamweight match holds major consequences. A huge win over Corey Sandhagen may prove to be the difference for Sterling if he is to secure his shot at the strap.

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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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