Aljamain Sterling News

Aljamain Sterling and Calvin Kattar
Calvin Kattar

Aljamain Sterling turns his attention to Calvin Kattar after Max Holloway fight fizzles out: “I just think he has bigger opportunities”

Harry Kettle - December 8, 2023

Aljamain Sterling has called for a fight against Calvin Kattar after plans for a bout with Max Holloway seemingly fell through. Ever since his loss to Sean O’Malley earlier this year, Aljamain Sterling has been looking for fresh opportunities. At the top of that list, seemingly, is a move to featherweight.

Aljamain Sterling and Alexander Volkanovski
Aljamain Sterling

Alexander Volkanovski reveals easy way for Aljamain Sterling to secure title shot; "It's that simple"

Josh Evanoff - December 6, 2023

UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is willing to give Aljamain Sterling a title shot if he beats Max Holloway. ‘The Great’ is currently slated to return at UFC 298 next February against Ilia Topuria. For Alexander Volkanovski, the bout will be his first since a knockout loss to Islam Makhachev in October. It also comes at a time, when the division is welcoming a former champion in the form of Aljamain Sterling. He made the announcement late last month, ending speculation about his future.

Aljamain Sterling posing
Sean O'Malley

Sean O’Malley casts doubt on Aljamain Sterling moving up to featherweight: “He’s insecure”

Harry Kettle - November 27, 2023

UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley has cast doubt on Aljamain Sterling’s longevity at featherweight. Earlier this year, Sean O’Malley knocked out Aljamain Sterling to claim the bantamweight crown. Prior to doing so, ‘Funk Master’ had teased the idea of making a move up to featherweight from 135 pounds. Even in the aftermath of the loss to O’Malley, Sterling made it clear that a switch to featherweight is still very much something he’s considering.

Aljamain Sterling posing
Max Holloway

Aljamain Sterling aims to return at UFC 299, hints at Max Holloway fight

Harry Kettle - November 17, 2023

Former UFC champion Aljamain Sterling has hinted at making his featherweight debut against Max Holloway. Earlier this year, Aljamain Sterling fell short in his UFC 292 main event against Sean O’Malley. He lost via TKO to ‘Suga’, losing the UFC bantamweight championship in the process.

Aljamain Sterling, Jon Jones, UFC
Jon Jones

Aljamain Sterling discusses his relationship with UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones: “We aren't as cool as we once were”

Susan Cox - November 7, 2023

Aljamain Sterling is discussing his relationship with UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Sterling (23-4 MMA) and Jones (27-1 MMA) were junior college wrestling teammates at SUNY Morrisville.

Aljamain Sterling and Max Holloway
Max Holloway

Aljamain Sterling eyeing Max Holloway for potential featherweight debut: "I'll show you guys what's up"

Josh Evanoff - October 13, 2023

Former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling would love to fight Max Holloway. ‘The Funk Master’ has been out of action since a title defense against Sean O’Malley in August. Despite heading into the matchup a heavy favorite, Aljamain Sterling suffered a second-round knockout loss. Despite calls for an instant rematch, ‘Sugar’ instead targeted a potential rematch with Marlon Vera.

Henry Cejudo

Henry Cejudo continues to take aim at Merab Dvalishvili, calls him “Aljamain Sterling's Butt Plug”

Harry Kettle - October 12, 2023

Former two-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo has continued to go after divisional rival Merab Dvalishvili. It’s safe to say that when it comes to trash talking, Henry Cejudo is as prolific as anyone. From the start of the ‘Triple C’ era to the present day, there’s always been a lot of intrigue surrounding the Olympian and what he’s going to say next. After his narrow defeat to Aljamain Sterling earlier this year, some felt as if he may slow down a bit – but that isn’t the case.

Sean O'Malley and Marlon Vera
Sean O'Malley

Aljamain Sterling believes “there's a very good chance” Marlon Vera defeats Sean O’Malley for a second time

Susan Cox - October 10, 2023

Aljamain Sterling believes ‘there’s a very good chance’ Marlon Vera defeats Sean O’Malley. Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) is expected to rematch with Marlon Vera (23-8 MMA) in his first title defence.

Chael Sonnen
Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen names the opponent he would “love” to see Aljamain Sterling fight in his featherweight debut

Susan Cox - October 3, 2023

Chael Sonnen is naming the opponent he would ‘love’ to see Aljamain Sterling fight in his featherweight debut. UFC 292 saw Aljamain Sterling (23-4 MMA) unseated from his UFC title when Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) TKO’d him at 0:51 of round 2 on August 19th in Boston. ‘Suga’, at 28, became the new UFC bantamweight champion.

Daniel Cormier, Aljamain Sterling
Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier says Aljamain Sterling “absolutely” deserves a rematch with Sean O’Malley

Fernando Quiles - October 1, 2023

UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier admits he feels Aljamain Sterling deserves a rematch against Sean O’Malley, but he doubts it’ll happen. Sterling is well aware that O’Malley would prefer to try to avenge his lone pro MMA defeat to Marlon “Chito” Vera rather than fight him or Merab Dvalishvili next. “Funk Master,” who lost the UFC bantamweight title via second-round TKO to O’Malley back in August, has called for “Sugar” to stop cherry picking his first title defense.

Aljamain Sterling, Sean O'Malley
Sean O'Malley

Former UFC champion Aljamain Sterling sends a message to Sean O’Malley following victory at Polaris 25: “Stop ducking the top contenders”

Fernando Quiles - October 1, 2023

Aljamain Sterling has sent a direct message to UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley. Sterling wasn’t shy in giving O’Malley a piece of his mind following a grappling showdown with Mike Grundy at Polaris 25. “Funk Master” emerged victorious via decision. After the match, Sterling was interviewed and he turned his attention to the “Sugar” show.

Aljamain Sterling, Sean O'Malley
Marlon Vera

Aljamain Sterling weighs in on rumored Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera rematch: “Why are we making this a WWE sport?”

Susan Cox - September 27, 2023

Aljamain Sterling is weighing in on the rumored Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera rematch. The former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is having a hard time understanding why the UFC would skip over other contenders and give Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) a rematch with Chito Vera (23-8 MMA).

Israel Adesanya, Sean O'Malley, Aljamain Sterling
Israel Adesanya

Aljamain Sterling reacts to talk of Israel Adesanya possibly getting another immediate rematch: “How do you get it and I don’t?”

Harry Kettle - September 18, 2023

Aljamain Sterling has questioned why he shouldn’t get a rematch for the title if Israel Adesanya manages to receive one. Following his shocking loss to Sean Strickland, Israel Adesanya has been fairly quiet when it comes to talks of an immediate rematch. Nobody knows whether or not it’s going to happen, but the popular opinion is that Dana White would prefer to book that contest.

Sean O'Malley

Sean O’Malley shoots down Aljamain Sterling’s request for an immediate rematch: “If it was close, maybe”

Harry Kettle - September 11, 2023

Sean O’Malley has dismissed the idea of Aljamain Sterling receiving an immediate rematch against him following UFC 292. Last month at UFC 292, Sean O’Malley knocked out Aljamain Sterling to become the new UFC bantamweight champion. In doing so, he set himself apart from the rest of the 135-pound division, and he did so in style.

Aljamain Sterling

Former UFC champion Aljamain Sterling booked to face Nathaniel Wood at Polaris 25

Susan Cox - September 8, 2023

Former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has been booked to face Nathaniel Wood at Polaris 25. Aljamain Sterling (23-4 MMA) most recently fought and was defeated by TKO by Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) this past August at UFC 292. With the loss, it was ‘Suga’ who became the new UFC bantamweight champion.

Sean O'Malley Merab Dvalishvili
Merab Dvalishvili

Sean O’Malley claims he knocked out Merab Dvalishvili the same night he finished Aljamain Sterling: “They’re the same person”

Harry Kettle - September 7, 2023

Sean O’Malley has teased Merab Dvalishvili and Aljamain Sterling as he continues to enjoy life as champion. Last month, Sean O’Malley knocked out Aljamain Sterling to claim the UFC bantamweight championship. As you can imagine, this represented a seismic shift in the division, with ‘Suga’ taking over as the new king. Naturally, many other fighters in the top 10 have been calling for a showdown against the champ.

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Dana White

Dana White praises Rose Namajunas while seemingly throwing shade at Aljamain Sterling and Merab Dvalishvili

Harry Kettle - September 4, 2023

UFC president Dana White has seemingly used a quote from Rose Namajunas to make a point about Aljamain Sterling and Merab Dvalishvili. When Dana White is annoyed about something, the rest of the world tends to know about it. The UFC boss has never been one to bite his tongue, and we can’t imagine that’ll change anytime soon.

Marlon Vera
Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera explains how Aljamain Sterling “f**ked up” in title loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 292

Susan Cox - September 1, 2023

Marlon Vera is explaining how Aljamain Sterling ‘f**ked up’ in his title loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 292. It was on Saturday, August 19th at UFC 292 that bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (23-4 MMA) took on Sean O’Malley (17-1 MMA) in the main even at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The outcome was a second-round TKO victory for the 28-year-old O’Malley, who in the process stripped ‘Funk Master’ of the crown, becoming the new champion.