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Sterling shows off x-ray of neck injury that is delaying Petr Yan rematch – MMA Root

New UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is no stranger to receiving criticism from combat sports fans. He was hardly a favorite before his UFC 259 title fight with Petr Yan, and he won a new crowd of rabid foes after Yan illegally kneed him in the head, resulting in a loss by DQ and the title changing hands.

Everyone was hoping for a quick trade to put Yan back against Sterling. But now it looks like we’ll be waiting until fall at the earliest, as Sterling has decided to undergo neck surgery that he has been putting off for years.

You can criticize your decision to have the surgery now while the bantamweight title is around your waist for a disqualification, but you cannot question the severity of the neck injury. Aljamain shared a visit with his surgeon where an X-ray of the injury was shown.

“I have so many emotions going through this procedure tomorrow,” Sterling wrote on social media. “I am excited, nervous, grateful and scared at the same time! In every fight camp I have managed to put a band-aid on my herniated disc and overcome the pain to compete for the fans. My first episode was college wrestling at SUNY Morrisville. “

“Since then my symptoms have gotten progressively worse. I have pain when driving, sleeping, standing and sitting. Now after my fight with Peanut Butter Pan, I have muscle weakness in my left arm, where I couldn’t even do basic calisthenics to prepare for the June rematch! I think when I left German Suplex to me in Round 1, the camels back broke and that started the muscle weakness. “

“The fight with Yan was a bad night compared to the performances beforehand,” he concluded. “But I never gave up or stopped walking forward and I can live with that. I can’t wait to start rehab and show all the skeptics that I am who I say I am! October can’t come soon enough! “

In the video, Sterling’s surgeon points to the damaged area on the right side of his spine where the nerves are severely pinched. It’s honestly impressive that “Funk Master” got to where he is in the extremely competitive 135-pound division with such a messy neck.

Unsurprisingly, Petr Yan is not happy about the delay and is calling for Sterling to be stripped. While that’s not happening, you never know when the UFC might decide an interim title is worth putting on the line.

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