Aljamain Sterling does not precisely really feel the UFC love, however he hopes that can change.
In April, Sterling efficiently defended his bantamweight title with a cut up resolution win over Petr Yan at UFC 273. It was a vindication win for Sterling, who acquired big criticism for the means he dealt with it. took the belt from Yan a yr after successful by disqualification in the UFC. 256. But even so, Sterling says he nonetheless feels just a little behind with the UFC.
“Sometimes I feel like, for lack of better terms, the cliché, the redhead stepson,” Sterling mentioned this week on MMA hour. “Sometimes I do [feel like that]. It’s not with everybody in the UFC. Some individuals who in all probability matter the most. I assume it is not at all times the greatest feeling to be on that aspect, however I take the hits. I’m going to get myself, it doesn’t matter what. But I simply do not feel like I’m being pushed like others possibly. Or possibly I’m simply in my very own head.
Sterling isn’t completely in his head. After the win over Yan, UFC president Dana White felt the judges “blew that one off,” which Sterling thought-about “a slap in the face.” There’s additionally the notion that Sterling is considered with much less favor than others as a result of he’s open about his points with the UFC, particularly in the case of the monetary aspect of issues.
For his half, Sterling is not positive if that performs a job or if it is simply the means the cookie crumbles sometimes.
“If you had been to ask the brass, they’d in all probability say no, however once more, I do not know. I’m simply right here taking the hits,” Sterling mentioned. “That’s the greatest option to put it. But it is arduous to know what these guys are actually pondering. I do not assume any of us know what they actually assume, in the case of the higher echelons of the UFC, and the one factor you’ll be able to attempt to hope for is that they love you and that you’re of their good graces. That’s actually all there may be to it. Do your job, I hope you do it nicely, and I hope you can be generously rewarded for it.
While Sterling is probably not as nicely rewarded as some, ‘Funk Master’ mentioned he’s ‘making so much of cash’ and beforehand revealed he gained $400,000 for his rematch with Yan. . He additionally mentioned he was working to strengthen his relationship with the promotion.
“I try. I’m working on it.” Sterling mentioned.
“I attempted. I do know the guys are busy and the world does not cease only for me however hopefully we will determine issues out and work out the working relationship as a result of at the finish of the day we’re all companions industrial. I wish to assist them earn a living, I would like them to assist me earn a living, and I believe that is the greatest means to take a look at a relationship like this.
Sterling has an opportunity to just do that in October when he takes on two-time bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in the co-main occasion of UFC 280.