Aljamain Sterling
Funk Master

USA

Won't face Sandhagen in San Diego
BantamweightUFC
April 2, 2020
Sterling will no longer face Cory Sandhagen at UFC San Diego on May 16, as the California State Athletic Commission has cancelled all combat sports events until June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marc Raimondi of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
With bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo tied up in a May 9 title defense against Jose Aldo (thought the future of that event remains in limbo), Sterling instead had accepted a top-contender matchup against one of the division's brightest prospects. That will no longer take place as anticipated, leaving the immediate future of the men's 135-pound division in question.
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New fight in works
BantamweightUFC
March 23, 2020
Sterling (wrist) is eyeing a bout against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Fight Night in San Diego on May 16, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Clearly, the date of the fight could be in jeopardy due to the current coronaviris pandemic, but it is still on the schedule as of now. Sterling is riding a four-fight win streak and currently the second-ranked fighter in the bantamweight division. He has not fought since undergoing wrist surgery last September. His potential opponent, Sandhagen, is on a win-streak of his own, with five consecutive victories.
Undergoes wrist surgery
BantamweightUFC
September 24, 2019
Sterling had wrist surgery Tuesday, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sterling was attempting to fight Frankie Edgar on Nov. 22 at UFC 244, but he couldn't get cleared for the bout. He said he's been dealing with a scapholunate ligament tear in his wrist for two years, and now he's on the road to recovery. It's unclear when he'll be ready to fight again.
Effectively uses reach
BantamweightUFC
June 8, 2019
Sterling defeated Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 238 on Saturday in Chicago.
ANALYSIS
This was one of the best performances of Sterling's career. He came into the UFC with solid kicks and limited hands. However, he has worked hard on his over striking game, and he was able to win this fight without scoring a single takedown. On paper Munhoz was the more technical striker, but Sterling was able to overcome that with his range and dynamic striking. He is clearly someone in the title picture in the bantamweight division.
Booked for Chicago
BantamweightUFC
April 5, 2019
Sterling will face Pedro Munhoz at UFC 238 in Chicago on June 8, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The 29-year-old will enter UFC 238 having won his last three fights over Brett Jones, Cody Stamann and Jimmie Rivera, marking an impressive 17-3 record since his first professional fight back in 2011 at UCC 4.
Puzzles Jimmie Rivera
BantamweightUFC
February 17, 2019
Sterling defeated Jimmie Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC on ESPN 1 on Sunday in Phoenix.
ANALYSIS
The story on Sterling has been the same for pretty much his entire UFC career. He likes to land on the outside with his kicks and close the distance for takedowns. He never scored a takedown in this fight, but he was able to flex some new striking skills. He used his leg and body kicks to set up his punches and even scored a variety of spinning attacks. Since suffering a knockout against Marlon Moraes in 2017, Sterling has bounced back with three-straight wins and continues to be a contender in the bantamweight division.