In the 2021 lightweight division, UFC champion Aljamein Sterling did no good. After grabbing the belt with controversy and bringing him too much warmth, the Funkmaster was forced to hold a UFC 267 rematch with Peter Yan due to injury.
As Sterling has already explained, previous surgical injuries to his neck prevented doctors from getting him into combat. But it was a difficult decision, as he recently spoke in detail with Helen Yee and Dave Schumelnson (aka The Schmo) about the Schmozone podcast.
I trained the ass and nothing came out of what I wanted. Talk about all sorts, power-ups and conditioning, early morning, then sparring-training, your hands are so heavy after a round of wrestling and hitting, I say, “Yeah, I’m going to find myself. I will be in the battle of Peter Yan again.
It seemed the same. I said, “I feel like I’m having a terrible dream.” It was crazy.
I told my roommates after the last sparring session with Merab – I think it was a week before his fight and I told the guys, “Listen, man. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t think I can get out of this fight because if I do, I’m going to face a lot of stupidity. ” And that’s my personal opinion, I don’t know if the UFC would be happy.
I know it’s great, it’s a big fight, they want to move the division, it’s a heated division. I think about it all, and they say, “Why are you doing this?” I said, “I think I’ll go in there and just open the wings. I think I know what he can do. I think I just have to be smart and if I hold him by the knee again, this time I’ll fight him.” i think i’ll finish
Honestly, I told my roommates and they said, “Dude, this is crazy. Why would you put yourself in that situation? I said, ‘I don’t think I have any other choice.’
After talking to doctors and her coaches, Sterling decided to cancel the reservation. But that experience made it worse.
This was the lowest depression I had in a long time. It’s too bad. That’s what this sport means to me. I’ve been able to provide and how much I love it and I love racing, and I feel like you can’t do these things and you get hurt.
When I knew I was doing something wrong, I felt like I was playing the quality of my life in a fight to please the fans. It was a really complicated and difficult situation, but overall, I made the right decision to make my health last longer.
I didn’t like being around. Ray said, “Dude, I didn’t see your smile, God knows.” I’m not happy. Kicking my ass in training.
I know the good sides of Merab, but we will fight. This is never one-sided. Even when he had climbed to the top before, it was never one-sided. Obviously something is happening and we are here.
Sterling has since been replaced by Corey Sandhagen, who will now fight Janey in the 135-pound weight class on Oct. 30 at Fight Island.