Petr Yan’s American Top Crew coach, Marcos DaMatta, is a little bit puzzled by Aljamain Sterling’s recollection of what too situation at UFC 259.
Sterling claimed the UFC bantamweight title from Yan this past Saturday after Yan used to be disqualified for touchdown a clear illegal knee to the head in the fourth round of their bout. The disqualification used to be ruled after Sterling rapid the referee and cageside doctor that he used to be unable to proceed.
Sterling turned the first fighter in UFC historical past to consume a title by manner of DQ. He’s been heavily criticized online by fans and opponents who enlighten that Sterling used to be faking the attain of the knee.
Sterling fired again on the critics on his delight in podcast, announcing he didn’t are attempting to consume the style he did and additionally shared about a extra well-known capabilities on his enlighten of mind correct thru the incident.
“I succeed in bear in mind asking, ‘How mighty time succeed in I even possess?’ Because of this of I wanted to proceed,” Sterling acknowledged. “In this moment, I’m pondering a entire bunch of issues in my head: Dana (White’s) no longer going to give me one other shot on the title, the fight’s going to be a no contest, Dana’s going to narrate, ‘He used to be shedding that fight in the fourth round, so why should always mute we advise him again? We already know the course the fight used to be heading, so we’re going to transfer on from this.’ Then me, I’m by no potential going to earn the different again. I’m going to possess to consume three or four extra fights to get back on this spot for an global title again.”
Coach DaMatta questions Sterling’s recollection of the illegal knee, as he finds it onerous to agree with that a fighter who’s impaired from the shot would possibly perchance well contemplate of the total issues Sterling talked about.
“Wait a 2nd. At the same time as you happen to would possibly perchance possess a concussion, whenever you happen to’re no longer ready to proceed to fight, are you of course pondering all that inner of the cage?” DaMatta acknowledged. “I imply, that obtained me confused. I don’t know if Aljo used to be pondering all of that inner of the cage when he used to be relax or he used to be pondering of that now. All once more, I respect Aljo and his coaches. I went to his nook and apologized in consequence of I know Petr made a mistake, and I’m no longer denying that. But abet on, what’s the truth? Did you of course contemplate all of that at some point of the cage or afterwards? I don’t know. All of it comes all of the style down to let’s book the rematch rapidly.”
DaMatta would no longer advise one manner or the quite about a if Sterling used to be faking the attain of the knee and acknowledged Sterling is the single one which will ever know. The ATT coach wants the rematch to be booked as rapidly as that you would perchance per chance per chance well be additionally contemplate of and finds it ridiculous that Sterling rapid a fight with retired extinct champion Henry Cejudo on Twitter.
“I saw the Cejudo factor. That’s insane,” DaMatta acknowledged. “The fight to create horny now would possibly perchance well be the rematch. Cejudo, Sandhagen and all americans else possess to abet. The horny fight to create horny now would possibly perchance well be the rematch, and optimistically it’s going to be in Could.
“I am hoping that UFC books this fight immediate. Even Aljo acknowledged that he doesn’t are attempting to be champion love this. No one wants this. Petr of course acknowledged the error. He apologized. He knows he made a mistake. He apologized to Aljo and his coach and all americans, but in fact that we would like the rematch ASAP.
“Dana acknowledged that Aljo used to be cleared to head. Aljo acknowledged he wants the rematch. Petr acknowledged he wants the rematch, so I don’t know if there’s going to be any prolong, optimistically no longer. Perhaps Could or June the most unique. I agree with Could will be most spellbinding a timeline.”