UFC Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling says he will be back in 2023

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UFC Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is known for the crazy things he does outside and inside of the octagon. In his recent tweet, he revealed a lip injury that he suffered and said that his doctor has told him to rest till 2023, which was obviously written as a joke. Aljamain Sterling since becoming the UFC bantamweight champion has started receiving a lot of hate from the fans. The reason for that is the way in which he became the UFC Bantamweight champion. Aljo is the first-ever UFC champion to win the belt via disqualification.

“Stitches or nah?” Sterling wrote on Twitter. “Very first roll of the night. Courtesy of… you guessed it! Another knee to the face! I really don’t knee’d this right now!”

“3 stitches.
Good as new.
Doc says back in 2023.”

Aljamain Sterling was expected to face Petr Yan for the bantamweight championship at UFC 256. But just a few days before the fight it was postponed to UFC 259. The fight was a back-and-forth affair in the early going but slowly and steadily Petr started to pick Aljo apart and was winning the fight. In the fourth round of the fight, Petr Yan landed an intentional illegal knee and got disqualified for that move and lost the fight and eventually lost the belt. Aljamain Sterling became the first fighter in UFC history to win a championship by disqualification.

Aljamain Sterling plans to return in early 2022

In his last Interview, Aljamain Sterling revealed his current health status and when he plans to return back to the octagon to defend his bantamweight title.

“I couldn’t be happier with the decision I made,” Aljamain Sterling said while co-hosting The Fighter vs. The Writer podcast on MMAFighting. “To wake up, sleep, stand, and walk and not have constant radiating pain down my neck, it’s life-changing. The quality of life is so much higher. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner, if I’m being honest.”

“I think January, February, March at the latest,” Aljamain Sterling explained. “I really don’t want do anything later than that. I’m getting older and I want to capitalize on my youth. I would love to try to get three title fights in a year. That means I would have to win the next one and then try to three within a calendar year, which is a big feat, but I think if I can keep my body healthy, which now that I had this procedure taken care of, I can potentially do that.”


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