UFC Bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling is not happy about the recently announced title fight between champion Henry Cejudo and Jose Aldo.
After the announcement regarding a Bantamweight title fight between champion Henry Cejudo and former Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who lost his last fight, many Bantamweight contenders were not happy. One of them being Aljamain Sterling, who continues to express his thoughts towards this matchup.
In a recent interview with MMA Tonight on Sirius XM with RJ Clifford and UFC Light-Heavyweight Anthony Smith, Sterling talked about his thoughts on why the UFC picked Aldo over him. When asked about the UFC’s decision to award Aldo a title shot despite losing his last contest, Sterling said he thinks the UFC is milking the former Featherweight champion for his money before he retires.
“I’m not inside the UFC’s organization so I don’t really know what the UFC brass does, but I would imagine it has something to do with Jose Aldo being able to bring in more money through Combate or one of those Brazilian sponsors. From where I stand they’re milking him for every last dollar they can while he’s still around.”
Former Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo certainly has a Brazilian following and he is fighting Cejudo in Brazil. Sterling believes Aldo still doesn’t offer much hope in selling this PPV fight.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a PPV draw so to speak. Being a guy coming off two losses, I understand he’s a popular guy in terms of what he has done in the past, but to be honest this is about ‘what have you done for me lately?’ and lately, 2-4 in your last six fights is not a very good number to have that warrants a title shot, you don’t see that too often. I’m just going to say Jose got lucky with this one.”
While Sterling wants to look at the situation from an optimistic point of view regarding Aldo’s side of things, he had a few words for the champion, Henry Cejudo:
“Henry Cejudo kind of bi***ing out and wanting to fight a guy who he thinks he’s matches up better with because at the end of the day he knows I’m a much better fight for him. I’m younger, I’m faster, I’m stronger, I’m confident right now and I’m too fast, I’m too explosive, even dynamite couldn’t hold me. That’s the fight they [UFC] wanted to make, I’m hoping it backfires. And it backfires on Henry and maybe he gets smacked up and loses the belt, he’ll be beltless, then I don’t know what we’ll call him, maybe we’ll call him Henry Chump.”
Aljamain Sterling has expressed his interest in a 4-man tournament to determine the next Bantamweight contender after Cejudo vs. Aldo fight for the belt. He is open to a fight against Petr Yan or Cory Sandhagen as he eyes a title shot as soon as possible.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 26th February, 2020.