Aljamain Sterling Reacts To TJ Dillashaw Saying Henry Cejudo ‘Easily’ Beats Him: ‘He’s So Salty’

Sterling responds to Dillashaw, who is betting on him to lose against Cejudo.

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Aljamain Sterling says TJ Dillashaw is ‘so salty’ after his loss at UFC 280

Dillashaw Picks Cejudo Over Sterling In Potential Fight

Dillashaw would be finished in two rounds by the current champion, but went on to blame the defeat on an existing shoulder injury post-fight. Sterling wasn’t too happy about Dillashaw pinning his performance all on his popped out shoulder nor was he too content with Dillashaw’s prediction for a potential fight between him and Henry Cejudo

The former two-time champ would pick his former foe Cejudo to ‘easily’ dethrone Sterling. 

“Yes, easily,” Dillashaw said on The MMA Hour, when asked if Cejudo beats Sterling. “I think that’s a great match up for Henry Cejudo. He’s just got the wrestling pedigree and his striking is I think a lot better than Aljamain’s.

“Aljamain doesn’t have any real structure — I guess his funkiness works for him, right?,” he continued. “Because he doesn’t throw things the way you’re supposed to and he doesn’t set up his kicks and just 90 percent of his strikes are kicks. If I would have been healthy with that being able to counter his kicks the right way, it could have been a different story. But I just think that Cejudo’s more well-rounded, has more threats, and I don’t think he can outwrestle him so that’s a problem.”

Sterling Responds To Dillashaw’s Prediction

Of course, ‘Funkmaster’ didn’t really funk with that. Sterling would have something to say about Dillashaw’s recent comments.

“I think his comment about the kicks is semi-accurate, but at the same time you had 30 seconds to counter my kicks and I think I might have thrown 4 or 5 in that span. So, why didn’t you counter it?” Sterling said on Believe You Me. “Your shoulders were still intact. You had an opportunity to do that. You did no such thing. You got dumped on your ass like a little good boy and you got sonned by daddy.

“Cejudo, everyone keeps talking about this wrestling. It’s not a wrestling match. We’re not going in the circle with out-of-bound push-out points. You got a guy who’s fighting you the same exact size, who’s got the limb advantage, who’s got the height advantage, who can wrestle just as good as you. Just because you wrestled on the Olympic level does not mean I can not compete. I wrestle with these guys who’s wrestled D1, all Americans and I compete with them. I would like to tell you I do pretty damn well in terms of holding my own and doing better than what people think that I’m gonna do. They think Cejudo’s just gonna come do an inside leg trip and take me down. ‘Oh my God, I told you his wrestling was so dangerous’… an inside leg trip doesn’t hurt. You get sat down, you get tripped, and then you’re on your back, in my guard.

“He’s so salty,” Sterling added, regarding Dillashaw.

What’s Next For Sterling?

Aljamain Sterling has quite a few options for his third consecutive title defense. The bantamweight division is not short of contenders with Sean O’Malley, Chito Vera and Henry Cejudo clawing for the next title shot. While any of those fights makes sense for Sterling, the champ is more so after what will make him the most cents instead. 
“I’m in a little bit of a situation with management right now, just trying to figure out what’s the best move for me,” Sterling continued. “I know they said what they said, but Dana [White] always quickly changes his tune when things don’t seem to go the way that he thought it was. Of course, you gotta pivot. So, I understand that. I’m here for the biggest matchup that I can get financially. I don’t get pay-per-view points after losing the belt. I only get it when I have the belt. So why am I going to take a fight that’s not gonna do that for me?” 
“I’m gonna take the biggest fight if that’s the fight that the UFC thinks is the biggest fight, whether it’s Cejudo, whether that’s ‘Chito nuts’ or ‘sugar tits’. It really doesn’t matter. I don’t shy away from competition. I fought the toughest guys. I fought all the guys within the top five to get a chance to even fight for the world title. My resume speaks for itself. People can say whatever they want. How can [Cejudo] tell me I’m ducking somebody, who is ducking everybody for two and a half years on the sidelines! Now he wants to fight after I just did two grueling training camps and you want me to jump back in there for February… bro? Get a grip on reality. The world does not revolve around Cejudo anymore. You have to now take a back seat and wait for the champ of the weight class and bow down and wait for your turn and hopefully you get selected. That’s what I gotta say to those guys.”
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Published on November 4, 2022 at 12:47 pm
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