Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling turned the primary man to win a UFC gold by way of disqualification at UFC 259. The match was stopped after the previous champion Petr Yan used an unlawful knee when Sterling was down on the canvas within the fourth spherical.
Since then, he has been out of motion because of a neck damage and subsequent surgical procedure. He’s anticipated to characteristic in a rematch with Yan at UFC 267 in October.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 06: (R-L) Aljamain Sterling punches Petr Yan of Russia of their UFC bantamweight championship combat throughout the UFC 259 occasion at UFC APEX on March 06, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Picture by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
Though he was awarded the win when clearly Yan used an unlawful knee, many combat followers have constantly focused him for the style of the win. Some even claimed he was faking his damage.
Within the ongoing UFC 264 backstage interview, a reporter requested Sterling about his ideas on getting hate from the combat followers. The ‘Funk Grasp’ gave an in depth rationalization on the identical.
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“You recognize what man, you recognize those who dm me and stated in feedback after which go ‘I was a fan’, however bro, you have been by no means a fan,” Sterling stated.
“When you have been a fan, you’d perceive what I’ve completed to get right here. I’ve had so many setbacks and to get there from all of the trials… that I’ve to undergo from wrestling throughout right here.”
The ‘Funk Grasp’ added additional that he would nonetheless really feel content material even when he doesn’t combat tomorrow or need to cease at this time. He says every thing he would do from now onwards can be icing on the cake.
Aljamain Sterling targets Petr Yan
“So, when you actually wanna bash me as a result of he did one thing unlawful, blame him, however you wanna blame me. As a result of the principles all of us agree, the ref tells you within the backroom after which ref informed on the ground,” he added.
The ‘Funk Grasp’ although, sends a transparent message to his rival. “Pay attention, I can’t wait to close him up and I do know what I’ve completed on this sport.”
Sterling additional claims himself to be top-of-the-line and that solely issues to him essentially the most. He wish to do issues the best way he has envisioned.
Effectively, Sterling has a chance now to silence his critics when he faces the Russian once more later this yr. Until then, he could need to swallow the criticism tablet coming from his haters.
What did you make of Sterling’s message to his haters?