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UFC champion Aljamain Sterling needs time off: Lacks “desire” and “motivation”



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UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. Photo via Twitter (UFC)

On October 22, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling defended his strap against former two-time champ T.J. Dillashaw. However, in a recent YouTube video, “Aljo” revealed that he now needs time to find his motivation before getting back in the octagon again.

“I haven’t even talked to the UFC, and I don’t have the desire, nor the motivation to go through another training camp like that” Sterling said. “So if they were to try to entice me to come back sooner rather than later, it’s going to have to be worth my time, because I’d like to catch up on things that I haven’t had the moments to sit down and smell the roses for a bit.”

“Aljo” fought twice in 2022, against Petr Yan and Dillashaw, and plans to return to the octagon next summer.

“Maybe I get the itch sooner rather than later, but as of right now, I don’t want to fight until June. I think that’s more then enough time to get me all the things that I need to get in motion so I can set these things up and then I can focus solely on just the fight. That’s what I want to do,” Sterling said.

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Aljamain Sterling has three opponents in mind

In the video, Aljamain Sterling named three opponents that he could be fighting in his octagon return.

“I look forward to potentially fighting either Henry Cejudo, ‘Chito’ Vera, or even ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley,” Sterling said. “I think there’s a lot of great fights out there for me, and they’re ones that are going to be competitive.”

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