Aljamain Sterling expressed his desire to have a match at 145 pounds, and maybe move to that weight category. We remind you that he lost his belt against the young Irishman Sean O'Malley at UFC 292 in August. Sterling said he would like to go to 145 pounds and sees the ideal fight for himself against Max Holloway (25-7 MMA, 21-7 UFC).
Former champion and one of the biggest names in MMA Daniel Cormier advises Sterling not to do that, because if he is knocked out by Sean O'Malley, it would be really difficult for him against Max.
“A fight with Holloway definitely interests me because if I could beat him, I think I’m consensually the No.
1 contender or next title challenger at 145,” Sterling said in a recent Q&A on his YouTube channel. “That would be ideal. It’ll be interesting to see how I do at that weight class, having the extra weight, not doing that severe of a dehydration weight cut, and then see if my cardio goes back to where it is in the room”.
Cormier praised both fighters and said they are his friends, but advises against this fight due to the large size difference
Chael Sonnen almost said it would be a good fight and that Sterling should go that way. Of course, Sonnen is a good mma expert and analyst, but so is Cormier, who disagrees with this statement.
He claims that if Sterling had problems with the tall Irishman and lost the belt to him, then Max Holloway will be a mission impossible for him. “I love Max, that’s my brother, and Aljamain Sterling is my brother, too,” Cormier said on his ESPN show “DC & RC”.
“I don’t want to see them do this fight, but I also don’t want to see them do this fight because Max is too big for Aljamain Sterling. If Aljamain struggled with Sean O’Malley’s size, he would be in some real, deep trouble with Max Holloway.
Yeah, I tap out on that one. It’s not a great look for ‘The Funkmaster.' ” as quoted by MMAJunkie