UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is set to undergo neck surgery to get rid of the problem he has been having for nearly ten years.
Aljamain Sterling became the new UFC bantamweight champion after Petr Yan was disqualified following an illegal knee in the main card of UFC 259 that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Aljamain Sterling won by DQ to become the new UFC bantamweight champion. Petr Yan threw an illegal knee in the fourth round that connected hard with Aljamain’s jaw which concussed him. The knee was so brutal that, Aljamain Sterling couldn’t even stand up on his own while Bruce Buffers was announcing the winner.
Sterling will be looking forward to returning back to the cage by the end of the year.
“They told me I will heal in three months, and can start doing cardio to get myself ready,” Sterling told ESPN. “They wouldn’t want to see me take a fight until they see everything has fused in my neck correctly. Five months would be ideal, if I heal up really quick. I’m excited. The faster I heal up, the faster I can fight. We’ll find out in the next three months, and get something on schedule.”
Aljamain Sterling doesn’t think there should be an interim championship
With his surgery, Aljmain Sterling will be taking months for the recovery and that could put the division on hold. Alternatively, the UFC could schedule an interim title fight, but Aljamain Sterling doesn’t think there’s a necessity for an interim fight.
“I can’t see a reason for an interim title fight when Yan won the belt in July , was scheduled to fight me in December, and then had to push it to March,” Sterling said. “He had enough time to heal from whatever fake injury he had. If he got that luxury, I should have the luxury of addressing an injury I’ve put off for years. Why would they rush an interim title for the sake of it?” (H/T – ESPN.com)
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