Sterling brutalized Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280 to retain the bantamweight title. In round one, Dillashaw's shoulder popped out of its socket, and the commentators confirmed that he was badly injured heading into the fight.
However, as far as Sterling is concerned, fighting with injuries is part of the sport. He even claimed to have fought seven professional MMA fights with a torn labrum. On top of that, Sterling believes it's Dillashaw's fault for fighting despite the severe nature of his injury. On Twitter, 'Funk Master' wrote:
"I fought with a torn labrum for 7 pro fights and I wrestled and won. He’s just dumb enough to think he could’ve beat me with it."
Check out Aljamain Sterling's tweet below:
For his part, Sterling is making sure he doesn't make the same mistake as Dillashaw at UFC 280. Days after his fight, the UFC bantamweight champion claimed that he'd be taking a significant amount of time off to heal before he defends his title again.
Aljamain Sterling makes announcement regarding his future
Aljamain Sterling has revealed that he has cut ties with his management team.
On his personal YouTube channel, Sterling stated that his relationship with VaynerSports didn't work out the way he'd expected. The UFC bantamweight champ didn't disclose too many details about the split as he claimed he didn't intend to speak ill about his former handlers:
"I do think these are also things that need to be looked at and can be tweaked; maybe on a client-by-client basis," Sterling said. "I'm not telling anyone how to do their job. But I do know we go in there and we fight very, very hard. We train very, very hard. And money that's paid out needs to be earned. And I think that's the most politically correct way I could put it."
Catch Aljamain Sterling's comments in the clip below:
Sterling was represented by several different management groups over the years. 'Funk Master' was even handled by Dave Martin and Malki Kawa's First Round Management before heading over to VaynerSports.