Aljamain Sterling Slams Dana White For Throwing Him Under The Bus Ahead Of Sean O’Malley Fight: ‘I’m Here For Violence!’
Aljamain Sterling has been the target of some less than complimentary statements from Dana White before, but the UFC President’s latest comments have confused and frustrated the UFC bantamweight champion.
“Funk Master” recently defended his bantamweight title a UFC-record third time when he earned a split decision over Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 288. The victory extended his current winning streak to nine fights, which also includes title defenses against former champions Petr Yan and T.J. Dillashaw.
The UFC worked quickly to book Sterling’s next fight after he and Sean O’Malley squared off in the cage at UFC 288, but the 33-year-old recently drew the ire of the UFC President after suggesting the matchup with “Sugar” could be delayed.
“I play the part that I feel like they want me to play and I play the part that I want to play in terms of being myself,” Sterling said on his YouTube channel. “So when I look at all that, it’s like, what else could you possibly want from a champion who’s active, competing, he’s doing the stuff that you ask of him. Meaning you’re putting your promotional dollars out there for me to go do all these things to big up the fight, promote the fight, and I’m out here in these streets working!”
Aljamain Sterling Demands Explanation For Dana White’s Recent Comments
White has previously voiced some strong opinions on Sterling and #1-ranked bantamweight Merab Dvalishili’s refusal to fight each other, and “Funk Master” wants an explanation for the UFC President’s latest comments regarding the O’Malley matchup.
Sterling now holds the UFC record for bantamweight title defenses after defeating Cejudo at UFC 288. (Ed Mulholland/USA TODAY Sports)
“So my thing with Dana is – damn dog, why can’t you just give credit where credit is due? Even if you feel I can’t get out of my own way – which, there’s no context behind that, because literally everything you’ve asked me to do I’ve done it. So make it make sense, what does that even mean Dana? I don’t know. I’m pretty sure he couldn’t give you a straight answer what that actually means…In terms of the company I did everything that you want, so where am I not getting out of my own way? I’m here for violence!.”
Currently the UFC’s #2-ranked bantamweight contender, O’Malley has been on the sidelines waiting for his opportunity at the bantamweight title after defeating Petr Yan at UFC 280 last year.
“Sugar” has already dismissed Sterling’s surprising suggestion to move their fight to July, and for the moment it appears the two bantamweights will still headline UFC 292 in August with Weili Zhang defending her strawweight title against Amanda Lemos in the card’s co-main event.
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