Aljamain Sterlings Next Fight in The UFC

Aljamain Sterlings Next Fight in The UFC

Liam Mooney|
April 15, 2024|

Aljamain Sterling is arguably the best Bantamweight of all time; before his defeat to Sean O'Malley, Sterling had won nine straight fights, defending the title three times. And after an excellent performance against Calvin Kattar, Sterling has the potential to mix up the Featherweight division. With his first win as a Featherweight in the UFC against a top contender, the "Funkmaster" now faces the question of who is next. Here are three potential opponents he could face moving forward.

Brian Ortega (#3)

Brain Ortega had a great comeback victory against Yair Rodriguez, ultimately propelling himself into a potential title match. However, with question marks around who the champion will fight next and whether Alexander Volkanovski will get his immediate rematch, it leaves him free for a substantial amount of time. Given his long layoff previously, it would make sense for him to stay active, and a win over Sterling could all but cement a title shot in the future. The same would go for Sterling, who would step up in competition against a top 5 opponent; a victory would also fast-track him to a title shot and give the fans a great matchup.


Movosar Evloev (#5)

Evloev is also coming off an impressive victory against Arnold Allen and is certainly a contender for a title shot soon. Sterling has proven himself in the Bantamweight division, so a fight against a top-five opponent next would make sense if the UFC is looking to push him toward the title, and Evloev could be the final missing piece to that puzzle.

Josh Emmet (#7)

If the UFC is not looking to throw Sterling into title talk directly, then Josh Emmet could be the perfect next challenge. Emmet is coming off his unbelievable knockout victory over Bryce Mitchell and is ranked one place high than Kattar. Emmet also possesses unworldly power and would be a statement victory should Sterling be able to pull off a victory competing in his new weight class.

Who would you like to see Sterling face next? Let us know with a comment below.

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