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Aljamain Sterling targets early 2021 title unifier, says ‘b*tchass’ T.J. Dillashaw ‘can wait’ – MMA Root

Aljamain Sterling targets early 2021 title unifier, says ‘b*tchass’ T.J. Dillashaw ‘can wait’

Aljamain Sterling is not so preoccupied with the rivalry with Peter Jan that he cannot acknowledge the great work of the Russian along with Corey Sandhagen at UFC 267.

Monday in issue MMA hour, The UFC bantamweight champion called the Abu Dhabi interim title fight “a very brilliant fight for both guys,” which also provided some useful information for his future.

“It was great to know who the real contender for No. 2 is because they’ll lose to No. 1 and that’s all that matters, baby,” Sterling said.

A media savvy Sterling probably knows what to say to make a good promo. Even before a long-standing neck injury ruled him out of last Saturday’s event, he willingly found himself in the spotlight to poke at Jan and battle the “thumb pushers” who repeatedly tweeted him with clown emojis to tell him he was impostor holding a belt.

Ian blocked it on Instagram, but Sterling continues to respond to all his doubters, waiting for the moment when he can show them. He can assure everyone that the moment will come sooner rather than later.

“I want to fight this guy,” Sterling said. “I get paid to fight this guy. I want to make money. I haven’t been paid, like seven months? So it would be nice to make some money and I can’t wait to do this and shove this up everyone’s asses.

“I’ll be so petty, man. I try to be humble about my victories. I always say shit before a fight to all my opponents – I always try to be humble about wins. But there is something different about this, and I feel that it is deserved. And in any case, if something – knocking on wood – doesn’t do me any good and he decides to do the same, that’s okay. I’ll eat this. I am a man of my word. I confirm my words. I have no problem eating shit if I fail. But at the same time, deep down, I feel like I’m better than this guy and I can’t wait to have everyone just sucked off. “

With just one month of physical therapy, strength, and conditioning, Sterling believes he can bring the neurological symptoms that have delayed his recovery from neck surgery under control. He’s technically cleared for combat, but he made sure nothing was holding him back before he orders his title to Unifier with Ian.

When he agreed to fight at UFC 267, Sterling said he was shortening the six-month break prescribed by doctors to start training and not be ready to fight. In the end, he said, his body ruled out a quicker return.

However, things are getting better these days. His spinal curvature improved after replacing the C6-C7 vertebrae in his neck.

“If you ask me what type of training and what I did with the people in the room, I like where I am versus where I was before, where I kind of struggled to get practice. sessions, ”he said. “It’s an energetic shift where I think I’m back, baby.”

Sterling hopes to be added to the UFC 270 card in January, but given the two title fights already scheduled for the tournament on January 22, UFC 271 on February 12 seems like a more logical choice. The bantamweight champion doesn’t want to wait long.

“If I could fight this guy tomorrow, I would do it, but obviously it won’t work,” he said. “I have to really prepare for five rounds, which is not easy. You cannot do this overnight. I just can’t wait to go back there, and I finally got answers to questions about the abilities and skills of Peter Jan – he is real. I just think I’m better. “

The delay in Sterling’s return prompted another bantamweight contender, T.J. Dillashaw, to express the opinion that the champion might never fight again after neck surgery. Former bantamweight champion Dillashaw, who returned this year after a two-year anti-doping ban, also said he was offered the next title fight despite recent surgery to repair a knee injury he received as a result of the recent Sandhagen ruling.

Sterling objected that other UFC fighters like Alan Juban have returned to fight and win in the octagon after neck surgery and he won’t hear any of those conversations.

“F * ck TJ,” Sterling said. “F * ck TJ Let TJ wait. This bastard can wait, like this. This guy is a fucking cheater. He had hand-to-hand combat. Many people still don’t even think that he won the fight by hugging another man around the waist. At least I actually go for shows. I think there are people who deserve to be unified with belts. I’m crazy? How not to unify the belts? It’s pointless.

“Let TJ wait, and it’s not my fault that his knee was ripped off in that battle with Sandhagen. It’s on it, so that’s what it is. He must wait, like everyone else must wait their turn. Been waiting for two years, huh? He can wait a couple more months. ”

Ian’s steady pace and growing aggression worried Sterling, as did boxing and counter-wrestling, which eventually tired Sandhagen at the end of UFC 267’s co-headliner performance. Those skills, however, were no more significant than his first encounter with the interim champion.

Sterling knows what he’s getting into, and the biggest change from the first fight to the second is how he appears.

“I don’t hate this guy,” he said of Jan. “I think he’s a good competitor. I still think he’s a dirty fighter … just check his track record with all of his other fights. I’m really looking forward to the chess match. I think it will be a really good hand-to-hand combat. And I know that once I drop him, I won’t make the same mistake I did when I came in, didn’t eat food, walked over and knocked him down, and then threw hammer fists instead of controlling the position and doing what What am I doing. I got ahead of myself. I know what I’m going to do next. I think there is a plan. “

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