The former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling failed to defend his belt against Sean O’Malley and now wants to take a break from fighting. Sterling aims for a rematch against Sean O’Malley in 2024; Sterling wasn’t willing to fight Sean O’Malley in August as he wanted to recover from injuries and rejuvenate by taking a break, but due to criticism and contractual obligations, he took the fight and showed up on August 19th.
Aljamain Sterling has a wide range of options to select from; he could fight against Henry Cejudo or some other top contender from the bantamweight division.
Aljamain Sterling on what’s next
Aljamain Sterling uploaded a YouTube video to address that he will return in 2024 and, in the meantime, will take a break from training.
He also reveals who he is willing to fight next. “Now Sean is the guy, he’s got the crown, kudos to him, his team ... it’s up to me to hopefully get the rematch and if not get the rematch, maybe Merab [Dvalishvili] gets his crack,” Sterling said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“I’ll be there to help him prepare for that fight but we’ll see what’s next. Until then I’m happy to just sit on the sidelines, take my vacation, take time to get better. We’ll see what’s next for me in 2024.
Sterling further said: “For me, this isn’t that dark of an emotional time. If I got outclassed, dude ... I wouldn’t even know where to even begin to know how to pick up the pieces. Glass half full. Yeah, I lost but I fought great in the first round, I had a great start to the second round until I didn’t and it’s just one of those things.
Can I get back? Will I bounce back? I been here before. I’ve done it before and I know I can do it again”.