Jose Aldo getting another crack at a UFC title shot instead of Aljamain Sterling despite the fact that Sterling is clearly the #1 contender in the division.
The former UFC featherweight king was supposed to challenge Henry Cejudo for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 250. Those plans got nixed due to the pandemic.
With Cejudo vacating the title, Aldo will fight Petr Yan at the UFC 251 pay-per-view event. You can check out the betting odds here.
Sterling beat Cory Sandhagen at the UFC 250 pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC APEX when Sterling locked in the rear-naked choke for the win in the first round. This was a title eliminator fight with Sterling now expected to fight the winner of Aldo vs. Yan at UFC 251, which will crown the new bantamweight title.
While doing a recent interview, Sterling made it clear that he’s not rooting for either Aldo or Yan.
“I never wish ill will saying ‘I wish this guy won or this guy lost.’ I really don’t care,” Sterling told MMA Fighting. “The best guy, let them have their night. Let the better man win and whoever I get to face, I’m excited for the opportunity.”
“If Petr Yan wins, I’ve got my whole team we’re going to plant C4 on his railroad tracks and we’re going to blow that sh*t up,” Sterling said. “If Petr Yan wins, we’ll be ready to go.
“Jose Aldo’s a legend. He accomplished many great things in his lifetime. To beat a guy like that if he were to come down and win the bantamweight title, even after coming off of a loss. It was a close fight but I did think he won. But if he comes out and wins that fight against a tough, highly touted Petr Yan, I would love to be the guy to take that strap away from him and further cement my name in the bantamweight division. That’s what it’s all about.”