Aljamain Sterling’s time at Bantamweight could be a lot shorter than expected.
“Funk Master” is enjoying some time off after an easy title defense over former two-time Bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw, at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi (watch highlights here).
While nothing is official, Sterling claims he is fighting Henry Cejudo next in March 2023, which is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC President, Dana White, confirmed the match up after UFC 282 earlier this month.
Sterling has dropped hints throughout his 135-pound title reign that a move to Featherweight was imminent because his teammate and good friend, Merab Dvalishvili, is a highly-ranked Bantamweight.
Earlier today (Fri., Dec. 24, 2022), Sterling teased yet again that he is packing on at least 10 pounds after he fights Cejudo.
Because I’m going up in weight after giving Harry the Beats— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 23, 2022
Sterling responded to a fan who asked why he wanted Dvalishvili to fight one of the recently-announced Cory Sandhagen vs. Marlon Vera fighters.
Great fight! But Merab should but in this one. Great fight nonetheless https://t.co/7i1hbquYm2— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 23, 2022
“Why should Merab be in this he won’t fight you so why would he get a number 1 contenders fight you know but it would be great with Merab as well,” a fan wrote on Twitter.
“Because I’m going up in weight after giving Harry the Beats,” Sterling responded.
Sterling is riding an eight-fight win streak and has defended his Bantamweight belt twice since winning it in 2020.
If the Cejudo vs. Sterling match up doesn’t come to fruition for whatever reason, Sterling has his eyes set on Sean O’Malley.
“Honestly I don’t think Harry can make weight. What’s Suggy doing in March,” Sterling wrote.
Honestly I don’t think Harry can make weight. What’s Suggy doing in March— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 23, 2022