- Aljamain Sterling didn’t mince his words in blasting TJ Dillashaw
- Dillashaw is confident he can dethrone Sterling in his return
Aljamain Sterling has successfully defended his UFC bantamweight belt against Petr Yan via a narrow split decision win at UFC 273. As per with UFC boss Dana White, Sterling is now likely to cross paths with former bantamweight king TJ Dillashaw, whom he has been constantly having some back-and-forth with.
Ahead of their potential title fight, “Funkmaster” let Dillashaw have it once again.
In his UFC 273 post-fight press conference, Sterling blasted Dillashaw over being allegedly cheating his way up to the top of the division.
It can be recalled that the former 135-pound champ was suspended by USADA in 2019 after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin, which is basically labelled as a performance enhancing drug. For “Funk Master,” it made Dillashaw a “cheat” but he would still want to “punch him in the face.”
“If anyone’s mentally weak, it’s that guy,” Sterling said of Dillashaw. “The guy needed steroids and E.P.O. to catapult his career and to even win as many fights as he’s been in the UFC. So his whole UFC tenure is tainted. So, I can’t wait to punch him in the face that’ll be somebody I’d enjoy punching, he’s got skill but the guy’s a cheat. He’s dirty. I’d like an opportunity to slap him up and see who’s No. 1 again.”
Eager to reclaim his throne
Dillashaw was in attendance when Sterling defended his title against Yan at UFC 273. Right after the fight, the 36-year-old immediately addressed the issue with “Funk Master” and hit back at the reigning bantamweight champion.
“Thanks for the callout my little b**ch,” Dillashaw said via ESPN MMA. “Hope you have fun pretending to be the champ. Like I’ve always been saying, daddy’s home, getting that belt. Easy f***ing money.”
UFC president White reckoned that the judges “blew” the Sterling vs. Yan 2 scorecards but still confirmed that Dillashaw could be next in line for the 135-pound title contention.