Aljamain Sterling and Dana White continue to have a difficult time understanding each other’s perspectives. Sterling recently spoke out on the situation surrounding UFC 292, which only fueled the fire further. White, on the other hand, has denied any wrongdoing and remains firm in his stance. He argued that it was Sterling that made things difficult by implying that he may not be able to fight due to injuries.
White added that if Sterling was really not healthy, he didn’t need to take up the fight. Instead, the promotion could have found someone else to fight for the interim title. This resurfaced tension comes after Sterling’s recent title defense against Henry Cejudo, which saw the bantamweight fighter garner injuries that now may hamper his upcoming August 19 fight against Sean O’Malley.
Though Sterling has won nine straight fights, he still feels that he is being snubbed by the UFC and White. He openly wonders why he can’t earn the respect he has asked for after accomplishing everything the promotion has ever asked of him and more.
White has argued that he hasn’t done anything wrong and that he’s given Sterling the credit he is due. But Sterling’s achievements cannot be ignored; he holds the all-time records for most consecutive wins in UFC bantamweight history and the most consecutive bantamweight title defenses.
If Sterling wins against O’Malley, he will claim the most total title defenses in UFC bantamweight history. It remains to be seen whether Sterling and White will come to an understanding anytime soon. The situation continues to escalate, and there seems to be no end in sight.