Aljamain Sterling sounds off
At UFC 245, Jose Aldo will be making his bantamweight debut, then a month later at UFC Raleigh, Frankie Edgar will also be making his 135-pound debut. For Aljamain Sterling, he doesn’t understand why they are moving down in weight so late in their careers.
“Two belts in two different weight classes would be historic, but they’re old in fight years, they’re older in age, and they’re fighting guys who are almost a decade younger than them – so it’s going to be very interesting to see how they do,” Sterling said on UFC Unfiltered recently (via MMA Junkie). “I’m not wishing them any type of ill will, but at the same time, I just wish they hug each other for 15 minutes and have boring fights.
“I don’t really understand or can make much sense out of it. I’m like, ‘You guys established yourselves as (1)45-ers – to come down at that age, that late in your career, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to me.’ It’s the last Hail Mary. It’s the last hurrah for another title shot and one more chance for them to become a champion again in another weight class.”
They both are coming down to try and reclaim UFC gold. With a win, they both would be in line for a title shot against Henry Cejudo. So, Sterling hopes they both lose or put on boring fights so he or any other true bantamweight can get a title shot.
“I hope all the guys coming down in weight class have an egg of a fight, and leave us real bantamweights who’ve been here, putting in the work, to get a shot,” Sterling said. I hope they have boring fights so our last fights stick out the most. All the old guys coming down – [Urijah] Faber, Edgar, Aldo – I hope they just get tired and just hug each other.”
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