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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 […]
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.
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.
Hats off to Marlon. Thought I timed the TD perfectly and he was able to land a nasty knee. Sucks to be the nail, but this is the fight game. I’m ok for all those asking
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) December 10, 2017
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.
Thank God for the win but way more importantly praying that Aljamain is fine and 100 % healthy !! This game is nothing compared to our health . Must respect for him and his amazing team !
— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) December 10, 2017
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.”
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.”