Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling has recently made a shocking announcement about his future in the Bantamweight division. Speculations about his return to the division were rife, but Sterling has put an end to all the rumors with a ground-breaking statement.
Despite having an interesting career in the Bantamweight division and leaving his mark on its history with a solid resume, only time will tell if The Funk Master can replicate the same success in a new weight class challenge.
Aljamain Sterling rules out bantamweight return
In a recent interview, Sterling sidelined all the questions about his future weight class. He has decided to move up the ladder of weight class. He has had a terrific career in the bantamweight division but has decided to say goodbye to it.
Aljamain Sterling is one of the most successful fighters in the division but recently lost his title to Sean O’Mally in August. He is now looking forward to his next fight in UFC 300 in featherweight division.
He said, “Safe to say (I’m done at bantamweight), One of my managers was asking about that, about going down to 135, and I said, ‘Brother, let’s stop this conversation right here.’’
“There’s no more 135. I didn’t even want to do it the last time. Whatever, I’m not going to bring it up again because people are going to say I’m making excuses, but this is all factual, but 135 is done.”
He is set to fight Calvin Kattar on the April 13 card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be his debut fight in featherweight division against Calvin currently, who ranks #7 in division with a record of 23-7 in his professional MMA career. Aljamin will look forward to a dominating start in new division whereas Calvin would want to better his stats in UFC.
Aljamain Sterling’s bantamweight record
Aljamain Sterling, an elite Bantamweight fighter who held the UFC Gold until August before O’Malley took it away from him, has garnered all his name and fame from this division. However, after his decision to move up to another weight category, let’s take a look at his milestones in the division.
In his professional MMA career, he has fought in 27 matches, securing victory in 23 and facing defeat in 4. In the UFC, his record stands at 15-4. Dominating the division for a long time, he holds the record for the most wins, most consecutive wins, and most consecutive title defenses.
With such a decorated career which Aljamain Sterling has had in the bantamweight division he feels he has achieved everything possible and is looking to dominate featherweight Division now. He will hope to start in the new division with a win over Calvin.