Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling Annouces Move To New Division

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling Annouces Move To New Division

Liam Lindsay|
November 30, 2023|

The former UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling has announced that he'll be having his next fight inside the UFC in the Featherweight (145 lbs) division. The announcement came via Demetrious Johnson's podcast, MightyCast (Mighty Gaming) on YouTube.

Sterling is coming off his first loss since 2017, losing to Sean O'Malley at UFC 292 for the Bantamweight title. With his close friend and teammate, Merab Dvalishvili, closing in on a tlte shot in the same division, and weight cuts becoming increasingly harder for the large 135er, the move makes a lot of sense. When asked about what the future holds, this is what "Funkmaster" had to say.

Sterling also previously called out Max Holloway, the #1 ranked Featherweight contender, which could be an incredible stylistic matchup if the fight is made.

I don't think there's anyone else to turn to. That's the guy who's banishing all the other contenders one by one. UFC 300 could be a fire card, or maybe in March.
- Aljamain Sterling on fighting Max Holloway

What do you think of Sterling's move to the 145 lbs division? And who would you like to see him make his Featherweight debut against? As a member of the Verdict Community, let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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