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Aljamain Sterling Is Apparently Fine

In case you missed it, Aljamain Sterling got totally starched by a Marlon Moraes knee at UFC Fight Night 123 this past weekend. Like, years-taken-off-his-life knocked out. Like, OH MY GOD HE’S DEAD. But he’s not dead, and he’s apparently in good spirits… all things considered. Hats off to Marlon. Thought I timed the TD […]

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Aljamain Sterling issues statement following scary knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fresno

During last night’s (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) UFC Fight Night 123 event inside Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, Aljamain Sterling suffered a nasty knockout loss to Marlon Moraes in main card action.

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Indeed, “Magic” clipped “Funkmaster” with a nasty knee to the face the stiffened Aljamain, forcing the ref to stop the action. It was a knockout Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White compared to Francis Ngannou’s demolition of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last week.

After getting carried out in a stretcher to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Sterling issued a statement last last night via social media.

Knowing Sterling was already out, credit has to be given to Marlon, as he immediately stopped his offensive attack and did not follow up with any unnecessary blows to his fallen foe.

And in victory, “Magic’s” thoughts were all on Sterling.

And while UFC broadcasters didn’t give fight fans an update regarding Sterling’s health status during the broadcast, Dana White did confirm in this post-event interview that Sterling was mobile and doing great.

To get full UFC Fight Night 123: “Swanson vs Ortega” play-by-play updates and results click here.

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UFC on FOX 23 fight card: Raphael Assuncao vs Aljamain Sterling Bantamweight battle re-booked for Jan. 28 in Denver

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has re-booked the Bantamweight battle between top-ranked contenders Raphael Assuncao (No. 3) and Aljamain Sterling (No. 8) to take place at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver, Colo., on Jan. 28, 2016, according to Newsday.com.

The 135-pound scrap was supposed to actually take place at UFC Fight Night 102 this weekend (Fri., Dec. 9, 2016) before Sterling had to withdraw from the Fight Pass-only event with an injury.

Sterling (12-1) is looking to gain back ground in the Bantamweight Top 10 after a split decision loss to Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 88 back in May. Getting struck by “Kid Lightning” snapped a 12-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) win streak and put “Funk Master” in a divisional holding pattern.

That could all soon change a “Mile High.”

Indeed, it will all depend on his performance against Assuncao (23-5). The Brazilian is also coming off a recent loss, ending a run of seven consecutive wins, thanks to a unanimous decision defeat to ex-champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 200.

It’s a meaningful divisional match up that will inch the winner closer to a potential title shot sometime in 2017.

UFC on FOX 23 features a possible No. 1 women’s Bantamweight contender eliminator match between top-ranked contenders Valentina Shevchenko (No. 2) and Julianna Pena (No. 3) in the main event of the evening. In addition, a bang fest between Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares, as well as a Lightweight showdown between J.C. Cottrell and Jason Gonzalez, are currently planned to take place inside Pepsi Center.

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Aljamain Sterling out of UFC Fight Night 102 fight with Raphael Assuncao

Aljamain Sterling won’t be fighting in his home state of New York.

‘The Funk Master’ has been forced to withdraw from his bantamweight bout with Raphael Assuncao at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany, N.Y. due to undisclosed reasons. The UFC is currently seeking a U.S. based opponent to step up on short notice to fight the Brazilian Assuncao on Dec. 9. The news was first reported by MMA Junkie and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.

Sterling last fought at UFC Fight Night 88 in May, losing a split decision to top-10 bantamweight Bryan Caraway. With this fight against Assuncao, Sterling was looking to bounce back from his first professional loss, and from a bicep injury sustained during training following his fight with Caraway. There is currently no timetable on Sterling’s return.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old Assuncao was also looking to get back in the winning column. The Brazilian fighter is coming off a unanimous decision loss to T.J. Dillashaw back at UFC 200 in July. That loss snapped a seven-fight winning streak for Assuncao, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the UFC’s 135-pound rankings.

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Aljamain Sterling has no regrets about extra hype, attention before loss to Bryan Caraway

A training injury has given Aljamain Sterling plenty of time to reflect on his first professional loss.

The up-and-coming bantamweight injured his right bicep in his first gym sparring session after returning home from his split-decision loss to Bryan Caraway last month, which has both given him plenty of time to plot his return, but also a bit too much time to think about what went wrong.

“At the end of the day I take it for what it is,” Sterling said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I lost a close fight, I lost a battle of inches, it was just, it kills me kind of, a couple technical things on my end, that’s mostly what bothers me.”

The loss was a tough pill to swallow on several fronts. For one, it was Sterling first fight of his new UFC contract. For another, he baited Caraway over social media into taking the fight, and for the third, the matchup was heavily promoted as a featured attraction on UFC Fight Pass.

But Sterling refused to use the extra hype as an excuse for his defeat.

“I asked for the extra media,” Sterling said. “I asked for extra attention, I asked for the extra hype. I poked the bear to get the fight because I wanted a tough fight, whereas he didn’t want a tough fight, he wanted an easier fight, and I wanted to challenge myself to see where I can go. People can say the media stuff drains you and everything, but you set everything up accordingly to the schedule. … I feel like I had the best training camp of my life, it’s just, sometimes things don’t fall in line.”

If Sterling regrets anything, it’s that he let himself get too excited after getting off to a flying start in the fight — one which many observers felt should have resulted in a 10-8 score — which led to something of an adrenaline dump after Caraway survived the onslaught.

“I think in the first round I kind of hyped myself in my head, ‘oh my god, I’m about to get a finish  over this guy,’ I didn’t think it would come like that,” he said. “I thought it would be like a second round, third round finish, something like that. Then when I had him in compromising positions, it let me know where my skill set is, obviously my muscle endurance wasn’t there with my arms, my legs felt great, heavy arms, lungs fine, legs fine, I just had heavy arms, that kind of thing. He he kept, he stayed at steady pace and kept building throughout the fight. I don’t think I put any unwanted pressure on myself.”

Of course, one loss doesn’t break a career in mixed martial arts, and if anything, Sterling believes this will simply be a bump in the road which will make him stronger.

“I lost as amateur, I lost a bunch of times as a wrestler, and you always come back. You show your teeth more when you show what you’re made of and your heart. … I don’t think this loss going to make or break me, I think it is going to make me a better fighter.”

In the meantime, Sterling is rehabbing his right bicep, which was injured in a fluke mishap in the gym.

“It’s coming along, I almost have full range of motion, once the bone completely heals, it takes about six weeks, then I can start strength training again. It’s getting pretty close, I’ll be four weeks out [Tuesday], but honestly I think I could be good getting this thing going a little but sooner, but I don’t want to get too crazy. I was sparring with James Jenkins, we were just in a clinch, broke, and I throw an overhand right but I had arm all the way locked out, so when it landed, it landed flush and the way it hit hyperextended it.”

The upside of all this? The timing of the injury is such that, should the Long Islander continue progressing at a proper pace, should put him right on scheduled to appear on the event every New York-based fighter wants to be a part of — UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden. As long as he’s on the card, he’s not going to be too picky about his opponent.

“There’s a ton of good matchups,” Sterling said. “I like the [John] Lineker matchup, I like the [Michael] MacDonald matchup, I like Rafael Assuncao, Faber is fighting Jimmy Rivera now, I’d like to fight Faber. Any of those top 10 fights make sense to me. Even Eddie Wineland, he’s coming off a great win.”

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Bryan Caraway turns down Cody Garbrandt, wants title shot after beating Aljamain Sterling

Cody Garbrandt wants a piece of Bryan Caraway. Coming off his knockout victory over Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88, Garbrandt called out Caraway on Tuesday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he wanted a fight with his fellow bantamweight contender at UFC 203 in Cleveland.

Caraway, though, has other plans.

On what was a momentous night for the bantamweight division in Las Vegas, Caraway had the biggest win of his career, as he handed the much-hyped Aljamain Sterling his first career defeat.

With four wins in his past five fights, Caraway believes he deserves either a title shot or a crack at one of the top names in the division. And he doesn’t believe Garbrandt is quite yet on that level.

“I’m not saying [Garbrandt] wasn’t talented, but, he wasn’t in the Top 15 at all,” Caraway said on The MMA Hour. “He had a good performance and all that, but I think that would be going backwards just from where I’m trying to go.

The way Caraway sees it, he just beat the fight ranked No. 4 in the division in Sterling, so Garbrant, despite his impressive performance, would be a step back.

“He just broke into the top 10,” Caraway said. “I beat an undefeated guy that night as well. The No. 4 guy in the world. I want one of those top guys,I feel like I earned to fight for the belt. I beat the No. 6 guy before hat, I beat the No. 4 guy. I think Garbrandt, maybe one more top 10 win and he’ll be ready for top five guys.”

Whether you agree or disagree with Caraway’s assessment of Garbrandt, it’s hard to argue that Caraway hasn’t earned his keep in the division. Caraway was the underdog going into the bout against Sterling, who was 4-0 in the UFC and in the first fight of a new contract.

Sterling got off to a strong start in the bout, too. While Caraway concedes he lost the opening round, in which Sterling thoroughly outgrappled him, he takes exception to the notion the round should have been scored 10-9.

“I didn’t see a 10-8 round at all, Caraway said. “I think it would be absolutely ridiculous to be a 10-8 round. 10-8 round is when you beat somebody up and just are manhandling him….. I don’t see how it was close to a 10-8 round. He didn’t do any damage, I don’t have a single mark on my face. 10-8 round I think you have to dominate somebody, beat them up, have them hurt. At no point in the first round was I even close to being hurt or finished.”

It turned out to be moot, since Sterling took round one on 10-9 scores, and Caraway took over the fight in the last two rounds.

“The difference was, round one, he was afraid to punch and afraid to strike, but I was being just a little too cautious,” said Caraway, who added that starting in round two, “I needed to do what I do best. I pushed the pace, pushed him against the wall, and got on top.”

The bout, of course, had a little extra edge to it. Sterling had trolled Caraway hard on Twitter trying to get in the fight, using Caraway’s relationship with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate for fodder.

Caraway believes Sterling crossed that line, and wasn’t about to act like he could just forget about it once the fight was over, saying, among other things, that Sterling’s insults toward Tate were “misogynist.”

“I respect people hyping the fight, but there’s a certain part where, you know, he was being disrespectful,” Caraway said. “He was disrespecting my girlfriend and her accomplishments like I should be ashamed of it. He’s very misogynist and that’s what I didn’t like. It is what it is. It’s not my tactic.

“I don’t think he’s very good at being witty,” Caraway continued. “You know, Conor McGregor, that guy’s extremely witty, I think his Irish accent kind of helps out a little bit. Hearing his voice makes everything a little bit funnier. But Aljamain, with me and my relationship, I’ve been hearing years of that, it’s not cool to indirectly put Miesha down for being a strong, empowered woman, like I should be ashamed of my girlfriend. It’s like, hey, buddy, she’s more famous than you and 99 percent of the UFC’s divisions so I don’t know what you’re trying to get that.”

Caraway answered Sterling’s insults in the best way he could, by winning when it mattered. And he believes after beating an opponent as highly ranked as Sterling, a title shot, or a fight that could get him there, should be next in line.

“They need new blood up there, they need a new face,” said Caraway. “I guarantee of AS beat me, he’s on a five-fight win streak, he beat all these guys. I beat the man, the top ranked guy, I believed I earned a title shot, and if not, I want to fighting someone who is right there in the mix. If I did have to go backwards, I don’t want to go too far back.”

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Bryan Caraway turns down Cody Garbrandt, wants title shot after beating Aljamain Sterling

Cody Garbrandt wants a piece of Bryan Caraway. Coming off his knockout victory over Thomas Almeida at UFC Fight Night 88, Garbrandt called out Caraway on Tuesday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he wanted a fight with his fellow bantamweight contender at UFC 203 in Cleveland.

Caraway, though, has other plans.

On what was a momentous night for the bantamweight division in Las Vegas, Caraway had the biggest win of his career, as he handed the much-hyped Aljamain Sterling his first career defeat.

With four wins in his past five fights, Caraway believes he deserves either a title shot or a crack at one of the top names in the division. And he doesn’t believe Garbrandt is quite yet on that level.

“I’m not saying [Garbrandt] wasn’t talented, but, he wasn’t in the Top 15 at all,” Caraway said on The MMA Hour. “He had a good performance and all that, but I think that would be going backwards just from where I’m trying to go.

The way Caraway sees it, he just beat the fight ranked No. 4 in the division in Sterling, so Garbrant, despite his impressive performance, would be a step back.

“He just broke into the top 10,” Caraway said. “I beat an undefeated guy that night as well. The No. 4 guy in the world. I want one of those top guys,I feel like I earned to fight for the belt. I beat the No. 6 guy before hat, I beat the No. 4 guy. I think Garbrandt, maybe one more top 10 win and he’ll be ready for top five guys.”

Whether you agree or disagree with Caraway’s assessment of Garbrandt, it’s hard to argue that Caraway hasn’t earned his keep in the division. Caraway was the underdog going into the bout against Sterling, who was 4-0 in the UFC and in the first fight of a new contract.

Sterling got off to a strong start in the bout, too. While Caraway concedes he lost the opening round, in which Sterling thoroughly outgrappled him, he takes exception to the notion the round should have been scored 10-9.

“I didn’t see a 10-8 round at all, Caraway said. “I think it would be absolutely ridiculous to be a 10-8 round. 10-8 round is when you beat somebody up and just are manhandling him….. I don’t see how it was close to a 10-8 round. He didn’t do any damage, I don’t have a single mark on my face. 10-8 round I think you have to dominate somebody, beat them up, have them hurt. At no point in the first round was I even close to being hurt or finished.”

It turned out to be moot, since Sterling took round one on 10-9 scores, and Caraway took over the fight in the last two rounds.

“The difference was, round one, he was afraid to punch and afraid to strike, but I was being just a little too cautious,” said Caraway, who added that starting in round two, “I needed to do what I do best. I pushed the pace, pushed him against the wall, and got on top.”

The bout, of course, had a little extra edge to it. Sterling had trolled Caraway hard on Twitter trying to get in the fight, using Caraway’s relationship with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate for fodder.

Caraway believes Sterling crossed that line, and wasn’t about to act like he could just forget about it once the fight was over, saying, among other things, that Sterling’s insults toward Tate were “misogynist.”

“I respect people hyping the fight, but there’s a certain part where, you know, he was being disrespectful,” Caraway said. “He was disrespecting my girlfriend and her accomplishments like I should be ashamed of it. He’s very misogynist and that’s what I didn’t like. It is what it is. It’s not my tactic.

“I don’t think he’s very good at being witty,” Caraway continued. “You know, Conor McGregor, that guy’s extremely witty, I think his Irish accent kind of helps out a little bit. Hearing his voice makes everything a little bit funnier. But Aljamain, with me and my relationship, I’ve been hearing years of that, it’s not cool to indirectly put Miesha down for being a strong, empowered woman, like I should be ashamed of my girlfriend. It’s like, hey, buddy, she’s more famous than you and 99 percent of the UFC’s divisions so I don’t know what you’re trying to get that.”

Caraway answered Sterling’s insults in the best way he could, by winning when it mattered. And he believes after beating an opponent as highly ranked as Sterling, a title shot, or a fight that could get him there, should be next in line.

“They need new blood up there, they need a new face,” said Caraway. “I guarantee of AS beat me, he’s on a five-fight win streak, he beat all these guys. I beat the man, the top ranked guy, I believed I earned a title shot, and if not, I want to fighting someone who is right there in the mix. If I did have to go backwards, I don’t want to go too far back.”

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Aljamain Sterling wants UFC 205 at MSG to be ‘New Yorkers against the world’

NEW YORK – Among the fighters in attendance to watch New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo official sign off on the bill to legalize MMA in the state on Thursday was Aljamain Sterling — the Long Island-based fighter who’s waited a long time for this day to come.

Sterling, who was among fellow New York-based fighters Chris Weidman, Ryan LaFlare, Dennis Bermudez and Chris Wade, was all smiles to be one step closer to competing at Madison Square Garden.

“This is a historic moment for sure, and I’m excited about it,” he told MMA Fighting. “My whole thing is I can’t wait to inspire the next young fighters from my hometown. I got a bunch of kids who would like the opportunity just to able to dabble in a sport like this. It’s going to be a great opportunity not just for me but for everybody, great opportunities across the board.”

As part of the historic day that capped a 10-year campaign by the UFC to get MMA legalized in the Empire State, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced that the first event would be held at MSG on Nov. 12 – exactly 23 years from the first ever UFC, held in Denver back in 1993.

And the 26-year-old Sterling thought that the UFC should make what will be known as UFC 205 a showcase of New York talent.

“You know what I think they should do?” he said. “It should be like a New York against the world kind of thing. I think that would be awesome. I think that would be the dopest thing ever.”

The UFC did something similar for its return to Brazil after a decade away at UFC 134 back in 2011. That card, which was headlined by Anderson Silva and Japan’s Yushin Okami, featured Brazilians against non-Brazilians in the bulk of the fights.

With so many New York and New Jersey based fighters — many of whom have been active in the campaign to get MMA legalized for all these years — Fertitta said Sterling’s idea isn’t out of the question.

“We’ll have to see,” Fertitta said. “We’re going to give deference to the New York fighters. We obviously want to put guys like Chris Weidman and the rest of the guys who can help support us, whether it’s LaFlare or Bermudez and all these guys from Long Island and upstate New York. So we’ll see whether the New York crowd really gets behind them. I not sure it’ll be like Brazil, but maybe it’ll get a little extra out of the New Yorkers.”

One of the fighters who could be vying for a title on Nov. 12 is Sterling himself, who has a fight lined up with Bryan Caraway at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29. Should he beat Caraway, it’s not out of the question Sterling (12-0) could get the nod to face the winner between Urijah Faber and Dominick Cruz, who fight on June 4 at UFC 199.

“Hopefully I destroy Mr. Cupcake and I continue my quest for gold,” Sterling said. “He’s just another guy in the way. I’m looking to shut him down and continue my campaign on why I should be the next guy in line. A lot of guys man, they are dull and dry. I’ve got personality. And I can actually fight. I think that combination alone sells.”

One way or another, Sterling wants to be fighting at MSG in November, which he thinks will be the biggest event of the year.

“I think it’s definitely going to be bigger than UFC 200,” he said. “The turnaround, even from UFC 200, maybe you will see a Conor McGregor on that card. Maybe you’ll see a GSP come out of retirement for that card. I’m excited to see what it is. The possibilities are endless. I have to be on that card. Hopefully it’s for a title shot, which would be absolutely huge. That would be colossal for me.

“I’m excited though, man. There’s no real words to explain actually being able to take the train over to Penn Station, hop off the train and be like, you know what, I’m ready to fight.”

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UFC free agent Aljamain Sterling plans to announce contract decision on Monday

Aljamain Sterling is ready to get paid. The explosive Bantamweight talent and current mixed martial arts (MMA) free agent is prepared to announce which promotion he has decided to align himself with and it will occur on the Monday edition (Feb. 15, 2016) of The MMA Hour.

Sterling’s admission via his official Instagram account:

“How am I feeling? I feel like I’m ready to make a #contract decision! Thank you to my true fans that have supported, followed, and been rocking with me since the beginning of my #mma and #ufc career. To all the new faces, just know the #Funk Express started a while ago, but we’re picking up steam now–ALL-ABOARD!! I’m blessed to be able to make a dollar doing something I love–the ultimate happiness. But in doing so, I’ve realized, “Do what you love so well, that people will pay you for it.” – Some guy. My intent wasn’t to start a revolution. I just want more out of my life and expect more for myself. I’m a proud, strong, Jamaican black man, with ambitious goals and dreams! Don’t like me? Cool, “We have plenty of friends already. We can use a few enemies!” Real Bad Mon Ting, zeen! Decision will be announced THIS #monday on #TheMMAHour show.”

“The Funk Master” is currently the No. 5-ranked bantamweight in UFC’s official rankings, but he has since grown tired of the lack of pay he has received. Other notable fighters have moaned and grown, too.

Sterling, a product of the Serra-Longo Fight Team, has won 12 fight in-a-row, including four straight in UFC. He’s finished three straight opponents overall, including two wins over Top-10 bantamweights Johnny Eduardo and Takeya Mizugaki in 2015.

After becoming a free agent, following his manhandling of Eduardo back in December, Sterling tested the waters and, according to the man himself, courted offers from promotions like Bellator and World Series of Fighting (WSOF).

As it stands, Sterling, along with recent Bellator signee Benson Henderson and fellow free agent Alistair Overeem, is managed by popular agent Malki Kawa of First Round Management. Take that for what you will.

If the Long Islander does indeed decide to leave, he will have left behind some potentially sweet matchups, but in the 26-year-old’s opinion, a title shot is already within his reach.

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T.J. Dillashaw, Aljamain Sterling and Will Brooks lay down a hurting on social media

Don’t even try to test me on social media, I run the social media fight game. I’ll change your bum Twitter life.

There were some pretty sweet burns on social media lately and Your Humble Narrator was there to soak them all up.

Let’s begin with butthurt disappointed former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who is already busy training for a rematch with Dominick Cruz.

Oh mercy, that brings a tear to the eye, it does. Frankly, I thought Cruz buried Dillashaw in this video snippet when he laughed at the former champion at the post-fight press conference: “That’s a nice suit though. He thought he was winning.”

Next up we have Bellator MMA lightweight champion Will Brooks mocking former champ Michael Chandler for his performance in their last fight:

Ouch. No doubt this was in response to Chandler’s recent rant on the MMA Hour that the champ doesn’t “move the needle” for Bellator. Chandler lost twice to Brooks in 2014, once by split decision and the second time by stoppage in the above video.

These two are certainly destined to meet for a trilogy after news Chandler has re-signed with the company to a multi-fight contract.

And now for the piece da resistance (what, you think all Canadians speak French or something?) with Aljamain Sterling:

I admit I chuckled when I read the hashtag about hiding behind Miesha Tate’s sideboob, then fully broke into wide-mouthed laughter when it was followed up by “I see you peeking.” Oh Lordy.

Good times. Sterling is a funny guy. Sadly, he is a free agent and remains unsigned with UFC, despite his undefeated status.

Did you see any good social media smackdowns lately? Let me know in Ye Olde Englishe comments section below.

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