Aljamain Sterling leaning toward featherweight move in UFC return: ‘I need to make sure I’m gonna be okay’

Aljamain Sterling leaning toward featherweight move in UFC return I'm need to make sure I'm gonna be okay

Former undisputed bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling has revealed he still plans to make good on a prior earmarked featherweight division move off the back of his title fight loss at UFC 292 back in August, revealing he underwent a series of tests to determine his suitability to the weight class.

Sterling, a former undisputed bantamweight champion and current number one ranked division contender, has been sidelined from the Octagon since he headlined UFC 292 back in August in Boston, Massachusetts, suffering a stunning second round knockout loss to new champion, Sean O’Malley.

Expected to make his return to the Octagon next year, Uniondale native, Sterling had been weighing up a potential featherweight divisional move prior to his UFC 292 defeat. And recently, the Serra-Longo MMA staple confirmed he had rejected an offer to fight Boston native, Calvin Kattar in a featherweight bow.

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“Breaking news, I was offered (Calvin) Kattar, amongst three others,” Aljamain Sterling said. “Two other guys were actually friends so I said, ‘Respectfully, I would actually like to decline those.’ One of them was coming off a loss, and Kattar was the highest-ranking opponent out of them all.”

“I like Kattar,” Aljamain Sterling explained. “I’m just not really looking to go up and take a chance, I don’t mind taking a chance, but I’m not going to say, ‘Hey, I’m coming here for second place.’ If I go up, I’m going up to be number one. There’s no half-assing this process. That’s the thing I have to figure out.”

Aljamain Sterling still expects featherweight move

However, with a fight against New England Cartel staple, Kattar off the table, Sterling insists he is still likely going to make a featherweight debut in his return to the UFC.

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“Checking my weight, lean body mass versus fat in my entire body, and I actually check out to be an average-sized featherweight, which is crazy to me because every time I look at these featherweights, I feel like they’re so much bigger than me,” Aljamain Sterling said on his YouTube channel. “… It gave me a lot of comfort in where I’m at and making the move to 145.”

“…Psychologically, I still feel like I need to be the biggest guy because that’s just what I did at bantamweight… I need to make sure I’m gonna be okay… comfortable, confident that I can win and compete with guys in that weight class.” (H/T MMA News)

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