UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw have been taking shots at each other since Sterling successfully defended his title back at UFC 273.
In an interview with ESPN earlier today, Dillashaw tells Brett Okamoto that Sterling “ain’t gonna be champion for much longer.”
“He’s definitely not champion caliber. You know, the guys that I fought already in the past, much better than he is, a lot more dangerous, like there’s no danger fighting Sterling,” Dillashaw continues.
“There’s no way he’s gonna be out grappling me, his striking is straight pathetic, so yeah I’m surprised he is where he is.”
Dillashaw also accuses Sterling of being “scared to fight.”
Sterling was quick to respond to Dillashaw, taking to Twitter and stating, “who TF have you beaten that is soOoOoo much tougher than the guys I’ve faced?”
Sterling continues to call the former champion “needle ass.”
.@TJDillashaw who TF have you beaten that is soOoOoo much tougher than the guys I’ve faced? 😂 This is Comedy Central. You should do stand up with @HenryCejudo. He’s your daddy, after he sonned your needled ass💉
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 26, 2022
Sterling (21-3-0) captured the bantamweight title off of a disqualification victory over Petr Yan in 2021 and has gone on to retain that belt in their rematch just a few weeks ago. As the champion is riding a seven-fight win streak, he has been open and welcoming to the idea of facing Dillashaw for his second title defense.
Dillashaw (17-4-0), who has held the bantamweight gold two separate times, returned to the octagon in July of 2021 following a two-year suspension. In his return at UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw, he defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision. Since the win, he has been calling for an opportunity to regain the bantamweight title.
Though the two seem to be on board with the idea of facing each other next, there is no official announcement that the bout will happen.
If it does, how would you see it going down?
Dillashaw’s full interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto below:
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.