Aljamain Sterling is not at all happy about how the UFC bantamweight division is playing out.
Sterling last fought at UFC 238 and defeated Pedro Munhoz.
Sterling took shots at the whole division targeting Peter Yan and Henry Cejudo.
“I was promised a big fight against a legend, Frankie Edgar. The UFC tried to do everything they could do.”
Sterling’s 4 fight win streak also includes victories over Jimmie Rivera, Cody Stamann and Brett Johns. Sterling wants his credit for the work he has put in.
“There are 2 people who deserve a title shot right now and that’s me and Peter Yan.”
“I want to fight the boogeyman, Peter Yan. He beat up the skateboarder. He beat up a guy who is 41 or 42. The 1st and 2nd round was pretty close. If Faber did that to him, imagine what I’ll do to Yan. We had a faceoff at the UFC PI center. He was talking shit and said I’m afraid to fight him.”
Sterling than went on to speak about the bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo and him ducking the tougher battles in the division.
“In the beginning, I respected Cejudo very much. I still respect in terms of his accolades. It’s not the UFC faults or my fault that your name does not carry enough weight to sell tickets. He wants easier fights.”
There seems to be a lack of clarity as to what it takes to get a title shot in the UFC. Sterling is not the first fighter to relay his frustrations.
“I just wish we had a clear cut way and path for the fans and fighters on the roster working their a** off to know what they need to do to get a title shot, who they got to beat. And now you got “Triple Clown” out here asking for a fight against a guy who has lost 4 of his last 6 fights.
There are rumors that the UFC is looking to book Cejudo vs Aldo for the May 5th card in Brazil. Sterling is aiming for a May/June return to the octagon.
“I’ll take anyone in the top 4. I want to derail that hype train in Peter Yan.”