When you cheat in professional sports, it will follow you forever. That’s the problem former bantamweight champion Dillashaw is dealing with. He picked up a win in his return fight last July against Cory Sandhagen but badly injured his knee in the process.
Dillashaw believes he is next for the title, while current champion Sterling thinks he should go through another contender.
Speaking with The Schmo, Sterling laid out some possible fights for Dillashaw.
“The next guy in line to me could potentially be T.J. fighting Jose Aldo,” Sterling said. “I think that could be a good one to make. If it’s not going to happen that way, then I think T.J. vs. Dominick Cruz or maybe just T.J. could be the next guy up.”
The champion also believes Dillashaw is still trying to cheat and would be surprised if he is still cheating.
“I still think he’s a slimy little cheater no matter what. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still trying to find a way to get around the testing protocols.
“People can say whatever they want, but if you want to cheat, if you got the resources to do it; you can do it. A lot of these guys are still trying to find ways to bend the rules.”
Sterling finally rematches Petr Yan to unify the bantamweight championship at UFC 273 on April 9. The pair fought the first time at UFC 259, where Sterling was declared the winner after an illegal knee from Yan.