Aljamain Sterling explains why he couldn't show up for the UFC 296 event

Aljamain Sterling shares his thoughts on not making it to the UFC 296 event.

by Aryan Lakhani
Aljamain Sterling explains why he couldn't show up for the UFC 296 event
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Aljamain Sterling went through a strange situation ahead of the UFC 296 event; when he reached the venue, he couldn't enter inside because he was told that there were no tickets left. Sterling was quite shocked as this was the first time he experienced something like this.

Sterling has been to many UFC events but such a blockage never stopped him from attending a fight in the past. Aljamain Sterling does not seemed to be pleased with the bitter experience; the UFC should look into it and try to prevent fighters from facing such issues.

Aljamain Sterling on not showing up for UFC 296

In a recent YouTube video, Aljamain Sterling elaborately explained why he couldn't be in attendance for the UFC 296 event. "I'm not trying to fan the flames, I think somewhere there was a little bit of a disconnect," Sterling said, as quoted by

"The only thing I didn't really understand is someone sent me the clip of Dana saying that the tickets were through a sponsor. I don't know what that was about because I've never had tickets from a sponsor for any of the UFC fights, I always go through the same exact channels every single time.

This is the first time that that's actually happened, so that was weird, I know a lot of people are coming, they're spending top dollar. We're fighters coming in, they comp us for free, especially if there's a relevant fighter in the weight class.

Sterling further said: All the events they say yes for, confirm, I ask for a certain amount of tickets and they'll let me know if they can or can't do that. Like, 'Yeah, we can do this, but we can't do that.' I'm like, cool, whatever, I'm not here to make a scene or anything. I'm coming as a guest to the event, although we are athletes, we compete for this".

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