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Aljamain Sterling palled around with Andrew Tate in Abu Dhabi, and MMA fans are not happy

The “Funk Master” support for Andrew Tate was worsened by comments the UFC Bantamweight champion made about a woman’s “responsibility” for “making safe decisions.”

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Aljamain Sterling spent a solid year getting hated on by a small, but vocal, portion of the mixed martial arts (MMA) community after he won UFC’s Bantamweight championship via disqualification. His opponent, Petr Yan, illegally kneed him in the head. Yan fans (and Aljo haters) insisted Sterling overplayed the damage the knee did, faking his way into becoming champion.

That hate finally started to dissipate after Sterling beat Yan in a rematch. But, now Sterling is facing even more hate from another group of MMA fans who are appalled that “Funk Master” proudly associated with Andrew Tate.

Who is Tate? It depends on who you ask. Some refer to him as a, “controversial social media influencer.” Others prefer to label him as a, “Eastern European sex-cam mogul.” Others simply say he’s a misogynistic piece of garbage.

However you want to frame it, Sterling found himself being attacked by a lot of people — many of them former supporters — after sharing pictures with Tate and his brother, Tristan Tate, in Abu Dhabi.

“Top G’s never die!” Sterling wrote on the post. “Good chopping it up with you fellas.”

He then made the whole situation a million times worse by defending one of Tate’s arguments that women are “responsible” for making “safe decisions” so they don’t get raped.

That did not go over well with anyone. So, now a man who is set to compete in a world championship fight at UFC 280 against T.J. Dillashaw next Saturday (Oct. 22, 2022) is spending his Sunday prior trying to convince people he’s not a rape apologist.

Aljo finished things off by pointing out that he’s not the only combat sports guy supporting Tate.

And he’s right: Tate has been weaseling his way into the MMA world over the past several months, trying to use the influence of UFC fighters and boxers to maintain his own clout.

Sadly, it’s been working.

It’d be nice to assume it’s because fighters don’t bother to look into Tate after being impressed by his charismatic persona. But, Tate’s greasy behavior is always brought up, only to be dismissed by his supporters.

Sterling spent a good portion of his day questioning the veracity of several videos showing Tate beating women, and pointed out that Tate has only been investigated for human trafficking by Romanian police, not charged.

Rather than try to argue over those massive red flags, we’ll just point to the words on Tate’s own website, where he sells mentoring and self-help packages for young men. One of these packages was the PHD program, which stands for, “Pimping Hoes Degree.” This package had a description that has since been deleted.

“I’ve been running a webcam studio for nearly a decade,” Tate wrote on the site. “I’ve had over 75 girls work for me, and my business model is different than 99% of webcam studio owners. Over 50% of my employees were actually my girlfriend at the time and, of all my girlfriends, NONE were in the adult entertainment industry before they met me.

“Literally, that was my job,” he continued. “My job was to meet a girl, go on a few dates, sleep with her, test if she’s quality, get her to fall in love with me to where she’d do anything I say, and then get her on webcam so we could become rich together. Whether you agree or disagree with what I did with their loyalty, submission, and love for me doesn’t matter. You cannot reject the results, and the results are simple. My girlfriends would do more for me than 99.9% of men’s wives would do for them.”

“SO WHO IS ANDREW TATE?” another part of the site read. “Andrew Tate is world champion kickboxer who owns and operates strip clubs and webcam studios. With over 75 girls working for him, he has created a system that allows you to get girls quickly, easily and without spending money.

“Do you wanna learn how to get the odd girl from a pickup artist,” it continues “Or learn how to build an army of women who are so loyal to you that they allow you to have as many girls as you want? MORE IMPORTANTLY, he has a FOOLPROOF system for retaining women, having them do as you say and respecting you without taking up or wasting large amounts of your time.”

If that’s the kind of person Sterling wants to be associating with or supporting, that’s his choice. But, it’s a gross one, and people are going to judge him for it, no matter how much he tries to justify it on Twitter.

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