With two controversial victories over Petr Yan, reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is poised to take the Russian fighter into a trilogy in the future.
“If he wants a score of 0-3 against me, we can do it,” the American said in the next edition of the MMA Hour program. “If you look at his record, I gave him two defeats, and if he wants a third, we can make it happen”
At the same time, Sterling made it clear that he does not see the Russian as his next opponent and prefers to fight Jose Aldo, TJ Dillashaw, or Dominick Cruz.
“When you think about it, it becomes clear that Dillashaw does not deserve this fight. There was just a lot of talk that he would fight the winner of Jan and I when we were supposed to fight in Abu Dhabi and it just so happened to be taken for granted.”
“Honestly, I think that Jose Aldo, who beat Rob Font, deserves this fight more. It would be more reasonable in terms of merit. Even fighting Dominic Cruz makes more sense and I don’t quite understand how TJ got into the mix. I know the UFC wants this fight and that’s probably why I mentioned his name.”
“If so, it’s an interesting fight anyway. The fans know him, he has a great resume and beating a guy like that would be a big addition to my legacy. I’m doing this for the money. In my opinion, all these guys are the same in terms of skills, but if I had to choose, from a financial point of view, I would be fine with the candidacy of T.J.”
However, in the next six months, the UFC champion does not plan to return to the octagon.
“It’s been a long thirteen months and now I don’t want to think about any fight at all. I just want to live a normal human life – relax and gain some weight. We’ll see how we feel, but I don’t think I’ll be back before September, and most likely even later. I’ll do it when I feel it’s time, not when the UFC wants.”