Aljamain Sterling excited to make featherweight debut: “I’m full of energy”

Aljamain Sterling shares his thoughts on featherweight debut.

by Aryan Lakhani
Aljamain Sterling excited to make featherweight debut: “I’m full of energy”
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Aljamain Sterling is a few months away from making a fresh entry in the competitive featherweight division. Sterling will make his featherweight debut against Calvin Kattar at the historic UFC 300 event. The decision to move up from bantamweight to featherweight came after Aljamain Sterling faced some health issues and thought of being closer to his natural weight class.

The decision to make this shift seems to be a permanent decision, as Sterling struggled a lot physically in the bantamweight division.

Aljamain Sterling on his featherweight debut

Recently on The MMA Hour, Aljamain Sterling shared his thoughts on fighting at 145 and explained why he’s excited.

“Just the thought of it gives me a headache and makes me nauseous,” Sterling said as quoted by “Like, people tell me I wear it well and I don’t look like I’m hurting, ‘Oh, you had such a great weight cut.’ I’m like, I am literally dying inside.

I could poker face it all I want, because mentally, that’s just the way I’ve always been. It’s like, you don’t show weakness in that way. You always try to show people that you’re good even when you’re not.

But I know I’ve been hurting for a very, very long time. And I even think my past performances have kind of not been the best of me because of that. I just think I lose a little bit of myself and leave a little bit of myself in the gym.

Cardio-wise, I don’t have the same output as I used to. And I’m kind of excited to just see what that’s going to look like at ‘45 and see if I can get back to that — that guy who’s in between rounds and is able to talk to the fans and yell to the crowd, and just show I’m full of energy and I’m ready to go”.

Aljamain Sterling