Aljamain Sterling is in no rush to avenge his recent loss against Sean O’Malley.
“Funk Master” was dethroned from his UFC Bantamweight championship last weekend at UFC 292 in Boston, when O’Malley secured a 2nd round TKO finish to clinch the 135-pound title in his first shot at the belt.
Even though he suffered his first loss in five years, as well as his title reign of two years and three defences coming to an end, Sterling is not looking for an immediate rematch with “Sugar”.
I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again: Aljamain Sterling
Taking to his YouTube channel, Sterling stated that he is ready to be on the sidelines and take some time off, and be patient before he takes a shot at redemption and regain his champ status.
“Now Sean is the guy, he’s got the crown, kudos to him, his team … it’s up to me to hopefully get the rematch and if not get the rematch, maybe Merab [Dvalishvili] gets his crack,” said Sterling. “I’ll be there to help him prepare for that fight but we’ll see what’s next. Until then I’m happy to just sit on the sidelines, take my vacation, take time to get better. We’ll see what’s next for me in 2024.”
“For me, this isn’t that dark of an emotional time. If I got outclassed, dude … I wouldn’t even know where to even begin to know how to pick up the pieces. Glass half full. Yeah, I lost but I fought great in the first round, I had a great start to the second round until I didn’t and it’s just one of those things. Can I get back? Will I bounce back? I been here before. I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again.” [H/T MMA Fighting]
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