After the fight between Peter Yan and Aljamain Sterling ended in a way we are all already very familiar with, there was to be a negative reaction from the fans, but also attacks on Sterling. Social networks have led to the fact that everyone can express their opinion, which can very easily end up in the foreground, and negativity goes very well today.
So it should come as no surprise that Alyamain Sterling instantly became one of the most hated people in the martial arts community. Something similar happened to Sterling in 2013 to his teammate Chris Weidman, who was resented by fans for the celebration in the Octagon after the victory against Anderson Silva, which occurred with a broken leg of the legendary Brazilian, or all he could have expected.
Still, "Funkmaster" seems to be getting an extra dose of hatred, and the same has spread to the entire team. That is how his head coach Ray Longo experienced the attacks. "Even though Aljo won the belt, he seemed to curse it.
People, the amount of hatred I get is amazing. I'm not the one who sets the rules. Why are you attacking me ?! This is crazy. I've been in sports for a long time and I've never dealt with something like this. Pure hatred.
Why? I don't know. This is a sport and there are rules in it, "Longo said in an interview with MMA Junkie, adding: "I'd like to hear an explanation from Yan, what overwhelmed him? He was leading at the time, he was on his way to victory.
Why would he do something like that? It wasn't even in the heat of battle. It was just a crazy move. And these social networks went out of control. " Sterling’s problem is that fans feel he has faked a state in which he cannot continue the fight, in order to come up with the title of champion.
Perhaps that would not have been the case if he had stuck to the position in which he left the belt on the Octagon floor. Instead, the morning after a fight with the same belt, he posed for a photo in the company of friends, family, and teammates.
And that seemed to be the trigger for additional attacks, not only by "ordinary" people but also by some fellow fighters.
Longo on consequences
Longo believes that the accusations of acting are meaningless, since this illegal blow was the one that usually ends the fight, and no fighter can return to the fight in the same way after that.
"People who think this guy was acting have mental deficits in a lot of areas. When I left him at home, he was vomiting. When I left the house he went to bed, after he got a good CT scan." "He received very a dangerous blow, and it's still not clear to me why one champion would do that.
I hope Sterling goes through all this well. He's being attacked from a lot of sides too. it happens to me and I'm someone who will never answer things like that." "I'm telling you honestly, I can't care less what others say and all this is almost comical to me.
But it's amazing to wake up, pick up the phone and the first thing you see is a message in which an unknown person calls you shit, "Longo explained, still a little upset. Sterling and Longo will have a chance to get fans back on their side or at least a neutral side after a rematch is arranged.
To find out when this can happen, we must first wait for medical findings that will determine a minimum break for both fighters.