Aljamain Sterling vs. TJ Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title is on the back burner as it is no longer planned for UFC 279.
While speaking on his “The Weekly Scraps Podcast,” Sterling and his management are in negotiations with the promotion about pay.
Aljamain Sterling offers insight.
“I believe my management has been talking with the guys over there,” Sterling told MMA Junkie at J. Fallon’s Tap Room last week. “Just so people don’t get it twisted because I got a lot of mixed commentary on that. Never in my UFC career have I, or even in my fight career, have I been the same exact thing after winning. That’s what I was saying. I’m not asking for 2 million or 3 million. I’m not asking for anything like that. I’m not trying to change the game, so to speak. I mean, that’d be nice. Dana, that’d be nice. I could be the Nelk Boy.”
Sterling noted he has yet to receive that pay bump that fighters get the more they compete for the UFC and he just wants to get paid what is his.
“From what I understand, in the contract, there wasn’t actually an escalator for winning,” Sterling said. “There was only an escalator for challenging and then winning. There was no particular part in the contract that said when you win it, you get escalator. I was just like, ‘Hey, that wasn’t in the contract,’ because if it was, I can’t complain. I would like to try to get a little pay bump. That’s it. I’m not asking for much. I just want a little pay bump so I can secure myself and my family. I’ve got a lot of people to take care of, especially for my future. I’m just trying to do the right thing.
“At the end of the day, man, we’re in the premiere league. The UFC is the best organization in my opinion. Dana White has done a great job. I appreciate him and everything he’s done. But at the end of the day, the same way he is about the business, I’m about the business, too. So hopefully we can make something happen and make some magic.”
Transcription courtesy of MMAJunkie