- Aljamain Sterling is the current UFC Bantamweight Champion.
- Sean O'Malley and Henry Cejudo are the leading challengers to his title.
Aljamain Sterling is fresh off his title defense over former champion T.J. Dillashaw in October 2022 in the co-main event of UFC 280, where he dominated his foe en route to a second-round TKO finish. This title triumph from Sterling pushed his name up in the pound-for-pound rankings and stayed relevant in BetMGM’s online sportsbook via UFC odds.
It was Sterling’s second official title defense since winning the 135-pound belt in March 2021 against Petr Yan via fourth-round disqualification. He was able to repeat over Yan in April 2022 with a split decision victory.
When Is Aljamain Sterling’s Next Fight?
There is no definite date and clear opponent yet for Aljamain Sterling’s return inside the Octagon for his third title defense, but Henry Cejudo and Sean O’Malley are the frontrunners to be his next opponent.
Sterling also revealed in a recent interview that he will not be seeing action until June 2023 because, according to him, he earned his time off.
Aljamain Sterling MMA Record and Statistics
- MMA record: 22-3
- Wins by TKO/KO: 3
- Wins by submission: 8
- Wins by decision: 10
- Striking accuracy: 51%
- Significant strikes landed per minute: 4.70
- Significant strikes absorbed: 2.18
- Takedown average per 15 minutes: 1.98
- Submission average per 15 minutes: 0.89
- Significant strikes defense: 61%
- Takedown defense: 41%
- Knockdown average: 0.00
- Average fight time:12:56
Aljamain Sterling Notable Wins
Aljamain Sterling’s impressive list of victories includes Cody Gibson, Johnny Eduardo, Renan Barao, Jimmie Rivera, Pedro Munhoz, Cory Sandhagen, Petr Yan and T.J. Dillashaw.
Aljamain Sterling UFC Earnings
The ”Funk Master’s” total UFC career earnings are $1,918,000, including base pay, incentives and bonuses. Sterling’s biggest earning to date is his showdown with Dillashaw, where he pocketed $670,000.
Aljamain Sterling Team and Corner
Aljamain Sterling is one of the top names under the Serra-Longo Team, headed by former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra and Ray Longo.
Other notable UFC fighters training with the team are Chris Weidman (former UFC Middleweight Champion), Al Iaquinta (former UFC lightweight title challenger) and Merab Dvalishvili. They are also in Sterling’s corner during fights.