Few weeks ago the UFC put up an exciting card in Atlantic City. The main card featured a classic bout as experienced then ranked #8 bantamweight contender took on #14 ranked new blood in Brett ‘the Pikey ‘ Johns.
Johns came in with momentum on his side with an undefeated record. Sterling after suffering his first career loss against veteran Bryan Caraway, only managed to put up a shaky record of 2-2. The Long Island native had to desperately get back on winning ways and he didn’t disappoint. Sterling defeated Johns via unanimous decision to hand Johns his first career loss. Sterling however in his octagon interview asked for a big step up against former UFC bantamweight champion and #2 ranked bantamweight contender Dominick ‘the Dominator’ Cruz.
Sterling further called out Cruz in an interview with MMAJunkie.
“I think it’s the right time,” Steling said. “I see him sitting there behind the desk. I don’t think he wants to fight anybody unless it’s for the belt, but I think this is a fight where he thinks it might not be a dangerous fight for him in terms of being knocked out or something like that. So I think he’d be more willing to oblige to a matchup like this.
“And I think if there’s a big name I can take out, why not shoot for the stars and see what we can get? I think everyone else is booked up, and I beat him, I’m right here for the title shot.”
Cruz recently responded to Sterling’s call outs in an interview.
“I actually don’t really care, at all. Not even a little,” Cruz told Newsday on Thursday about Sterling’s request. “It makes sense. You’re supposed to bark up the ladder. Why would I care if people underneath me on the rankings are calling me out? That’s exactly what’s supposed to happen. That makes him intelligent.”
“Thank you for spreading my name around Long Island and New York for me,” Cruz said. “It’s much appreciated.”