Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling just isn’t wanting previous his upcoming opponent in TJ Dillashaw, however he appears to already know who he desires subsequent.
Because it presently stands, the UFC‘s bantamweight division is arguably the deepest that the game has to supply, with Sterling reigning supreme as champion after back-to-back fights with Petr Yan. Whereas he’s set to defend his belt towards former champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280, there’s a rising record of contenders forming proper behind, with no clear, definitive reply as to who’s subsequent in line for the title.
Aljamain Sterling Calls His Shot
Nevertheless, it’s onerous to disregard all the nice bantamweight fights which were taking place lately, with the winners standing out as potential subsequent choices, and extra future fights to return.
Previous to one in all these fights between 135lb contenders, UFC Vegas 60’s major occasion between Cory Sandhagen and Song Yadong, Sterling was asked who he thinks is going to be next for the winner of his fight with Dillashaw.
He made it clear that he is entirely focused on the process at hand, however seems like Marlon “Chito” Vera did sufficient to earn the title shot together with his KO win over Dominick Cruz and wish to face him subsequent, if he nonetheless has the belt.
“There’s a few wildcards,” Sterling mentioned. “You’ve obtained Deiveson Figueiredo doubtlessly coming as much as 135. You’ve obtained Cejudo kinda ready within the wings someplace round there doing his factor.
“However I believe for me, it comes right down to the very best matchup, the very best performances, and I believe proper now Chito is unquestionably the frontrunner… After I get previous TJ, as a result of I don’t wish to look previous him, I get the job performed, I believe whoever has the very best efficiency. It may be a Suga’ present, it may be a Chito present.”
In fact, Aljamain Sterling is making a reference to “Suga’” Sean O’Malley, who is ready to face the largest check of his profession in Petr Yan. If O’Malley will get previous Yan, he’ll nearly actually be subsequent for the title, but when not, a combat with Vera additionally makes a ton of sense.
Who do you wish to see Aljamain Sterling face subsequent, if he beats TJ Dillashaw?