Aljamain Sterling has a couple opponents in mind for his next UFC appearance. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Rising bantamweight Aljamain Sterling is itching to get back into the Octagon after an impressive third-round submission victory over Takeya Mizugaki back in April. However, “The Funkmaster” will have to wait as he is currently sidelined after having hernia surgery last week.
But the Team Serra-Longo fighter hasn’t been sitting around idly since April. As a matter of fact, Sterling has been busy trying his hand at another profession while he waits for what will hopefully be a Top 10 opponent for his next fight.
Sterling landed a role in the upcoming independent movie “River of Dark Purple” that is being developed by Hanover Films. The soon-to-be-shot film is about “an elderly Bronx landlord that is diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor and must confront the ambiguity of right and wrong, his past, and his own death while trying to hunt down his daughter's killers.”
Sterling revealed that while his exact role in the film is not yet known, “The Funkmaster” is ready to dive in to the wonderful world of acting.
“I'm really excited to try a new field of entertainment,” Sterling told Sherdog.com about the film that is scheduled to start shooting in the Bronx this August. “I'll be doing my first movie and see if it's something I feel that I could be really good at.”
As for his return, which he believes will be sometime in September, the New Yorker has his sights set on two particular targets.
“For my return fight, I'd like to put my paws on Johnny Eduardo so I can retire him since he loves to take twoyear breaks after fights,” the 25-year-old said. “And for a grappler I'd like to show my Funk-jitsu against Bryan Caraway if he wins his fight in Chicago [against Eddie Wineland], which I'll be in attendance for.”