Aljamain Sterling Critical of UFC’s Response Following Knockout Loss to Marlon Moraes

By Edward Carbajal Jan 10, 2018


Aljamain Sterling, in response to an inquiry on social media on Monday, updated fans on his status following the first knockout loss of his career.

The 28-year-old bantamweight was on a two-fight winning streak that included a decision victory over former champion Renan Barao before he faced off with Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9. Had he defeated the Brazilian, Sterling likely would have been in the No. 1 contender conversation, along with Jimmie Rivera, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz. Instead, he was on the receiving end of a brutal KO and the Internet memes that followed.

Publicly, Sterling has refused to let the experience keep him down. He made light of the trending highlight reel on Twitter but addressed the seriousness of what occurred during an appearance on “The MMA Hour.” Sterling admits he made mistakes in the cage but expected more from the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

“At least a text message to say, ‘Just checking to see if you’re doing OK, making sure you’re alive,’” Sterling said. “I think that’s common courtesy. I’m technically one of your employees. No matter if you want to call it self-employed, I’m still one of your employees. If you were my boss and I didn’t like you, I’m still going to check on your well-being -- that’s just how I am -- but from a human being standpoint, I think that would have been a cool thing to wake up to.”

Sterling received an indefinite suspension after his loss in Fresno, California, with 30 days of no contact. Ranked ninth in the latest UFC bantamweight rankings, the Serra-Longo Fight Team representative has a return date in mind.

“Gonna right the ship in April,” Sterling wrote on Twitter. “No symptoms, no headaches, etc.”

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