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RECAP! Sterling Dominates Johns In AC!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight grapplers Aljamain Sterling and Brett Johns dueled last night (Sat., April 21, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 128 from inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Sterling had the misfortune of winding up on the wrong side of one of 2017’s most violent knockouts, which set him back from the title mix considerably. Sterling returned to the cage for the first time since that loss last night, and he hoped to return to the win column as well. Alternatively, Johns entered the cage undefeated. 3-0 inside the Octagon, Johns also recently scored a ridiculously slick calf slicer in his last bout. Safe to say that the European athlete had some momentum behind him, but he was also taking the biggest step up in competition available.

Sterling opened the fight by taking advantage of his range, attacking the lead leg and working the jab. Johns pressured in response, looking to answer with counters. Early on, Sterling did a great job of hand-fighting from the opposite stance, occupying his foe’s lead hand before landing with his cross or kick.

A clinch takedown attempt from Sterling led to a mount from Johns, but the end result of the immediate scramble remained that Sterling gained top position. Johns worked up quickly and freed himself from the clinch with a minute remaining int he round, chasing Sterling and trying to make up lost ground.

Johns finished the round with a single leg takedown, but he clearly lost the opening five minutes.

“The Pikey” opened the round with a lot of aggression, and he soon found his way into another single leg attempt. It was a deep shot, but Sterling defended well then flurried, landing heavy shots to chin and body. Johns ate some nasty shots, but he fared better in the brawl than the kickboxing match, stinging Sterling with some power of his own and a nice left hook to the body.

Sterling got the better of the exchanges but shut them down with a brief double leg takedown. The fight moved into the clinch, where Sterling kept his foe jammed into the cage.

The second ended with more exchanges, but Sterling’s range allowed him to land the cleaner blows.

Neither game plan changed moving into the final five minutes, but Sterling’s kicks-and-takedowns combination was a lot for Johns to deal with. It led to another clinch along the fence, but this time Sterling was able to complete the takedown and briefly take the back. Johns was never in the much trouble, but the back take and continuing clinch transitions cost him a huge chunk of time, something the Welsh athlete needed for any type of comeback opportunity.

Johns didn’t gain separation until there were 90 seconds remaining in the bout. Johns immediately tried to attack, but Sterling smartly jammed him back in the fence at every opportunity.

Sterling finished the bout in style, slamming Johns, taking his back, and dropping some heavy ground strikes before the bell rang.

This was a dominant performance from the New Yorker and an excellent way to bounce back. From the first bell to the final second, Sterling imposed his will and executed a very smart game plan. He made a game fighter with legitimate skills look out-classed, which is exactly what a top 10 fighter should do.

Sterling’s range was brilliant. Johns wanted to get into the pocket and land big shots, but Sterling only allowed him into that distance when he wanted it there. Otherwise, Sterling was stinging Johns with hard kicks and long punches then shooting when Johns tried to step forward. Furthermore, Sterling used the clinch very well, winning large portions of the fight and frustrating his opponent by stuffing him into the cage.

The only thing missing was a finish, but Sterling came somewhat close in the final 10 seconds. “Funk Master” called out Dominick Cruz in his post-fight interview, which would be a reasonable match up IF Cruz has working knees, elbows, and feet.

If.

Johns faced a step up in competition, and it showed. A few times, he was in deep on a takedown, a position he usually finishes right away. When faced with a far better defensive wrestling than usual, Johns was slow to react, and that allowed Sterling to gain the advantage in 50-50 situations.

On the whole, Johns was not aggressive enough, which is definitely the result of Sterling’s excellent game plan. At the same time, Johns should have reached a point where he just let loose and chased the win. Keeping a high pace was a major key for Johns here, but he allowed Sterling to dictate that, and any potential cardio edge never came into play as a result.

Last night, Aljamain Sterling out-classed his opponent for 15 minutes. Who will Sterling face next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 128: “Barboza vs. Lee” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions: Sterling Sidelined Indefinitely After KO Defeat

Aljamain Sterling is looking at an indefinite medical suspension following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 this past Saturday night.
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UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions: Sterling Sidelined Indefinitely After KO Defeat

Aljamain Sterling is looking at an indefinite medical suspension following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 this past Saturday night.
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UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions: Sterling Sidelined Indefinitely After KO Defeat

Aljamain Sterling is looking at an indefinite medical suspension following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 this past Saturday night.
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UFC Fight Night 123 Medical Suspensions: Sterling Sidelined Indefinitely After KO Defeat

Aljamain Sterling is looking at an indefinite medical suspension following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 this past Saturday night.
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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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