Aljamain Sterling tells Urijah Faber to fight Dominick Cruz for in a ‘old man’s match’

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Last week Urijah Faber made his return back to the Octagon after having retired for almost two years. He knocked out #15 ranked contender Ricky Simon in the first round at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

It took all but 45-seconds for Faber to unload an overhand right on Simon to drop him and then follow up with a series of strikes until the referee had to step in.

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Immediately after the fight, Faber called out current UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo. However, this call out hasn’t gone down well with #2 ranked contender Aljamain Sterling, who thinks Faber doesn’t deserve a fifth title shot.

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I didn’t think he’d be that irrational to think that after coming out of retirement after such a long layoff and losing to a guy [Jimmie Rivera] that two guys ahead of him beat,” Sterling said in an interview with Submission Radio. “I just didn’t think that made a ton of sense. I understand he’s a legend and all that, he just has a huge following and what not, but let’s be real here, the guy’s had four title shots, and right now I don’t think he’s deserving of a fifth.”

However, Sterling not only said that Faber doesn’t deserve a title shot, but he also went as far as saying that Faber doesn’t have much chance against elite bantamweights in the UFC.

I mean, didn’t we see it already?” Sterling said. “He lost to Jimmie Rivera. I mean, I don’t know if there’ much else to say about that. . . Maybe him and Dominick Cruz could have an old man’s match, the retired fighters. So, maybe they can challenge each other for the retired MMA fighter’s league, the has-beens.” Sterling said.

Sterling himself is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Pedro Munhoz and is currently riding on a four-fight winning streak. He will most probably fight Petr Yan for the interim bantamweight title.


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