Aljamain Sterling ‘Still Injured,’ O’Malley Title Fight Not A Guarantee


Aljamain Sterling is aiming for a “insane” comeback following his most recent title defense.

This week (Tuesday, May 16, 2023) the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced that UFC 292 would mark the organization’s return to Boston, Massachusetts, on August 19, 2023. The Bantamweight championship will be on the line in the main event when Sterling, the current champion, takes against “Sugar” Sean O’Malley, the No. 2 contender.

Despite UFC President Dana White making the information public, 33-year-old Sterling admits he is somewhat injured following his recent split decision victory over Henry Cejudo at UFC 288 two weeks ago (May 6, 2023).

“I’m still injured with my legs banged up, my bicep still sucks, I’m supposed to get another MRI on that,” Sterling said on his YouTube channel. “I’m trying to get to this fight in August. We’ve talked a little bit about it and we’re trying to see if we can make it happen, but my leg is still super sensitive to the touch. I hope I’m not ruining anything by me saying that.

“Guys, I did just fight,” he continued. “The swelling has gone down a lot. I can actually do a flex with my foot, but it’s still very stiff. I’ve done PT once in the sauna one time and I did an ice bath last night. Well, yesterday afternoon. So, I think that helped out a ton with the swelling, for sure. I don’t know. We’re gonna see. My shins are super sensitive. Even just me touching it right now. They feel like mushy almost. I can make a dent in my leg.”

While verbally accepting the fight, Sterling continued, he must ensure that his body can do the same. The champion compares the circumstance to the recent matchup between Manel Kape and former Flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo, which was initially scheduled for UFC 290 on July 8, 2023, but Figueiredo hadn’t received a medical clearance.

The “Funkmaster” is merely hoping that his legs’ sensitivity will lessen over the following several days so he can make sure the bout is ready to go by next week.

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