After an extended campaign to insult and harass his way into a fight with Bryan Caraway, undefeated rising star Aljamain Sterling finally gets his wish on Sunday when he and Caraway “headline” the Fight Pass prelims of UFC Fight Night 88.
It pretty much goes without saying that “Aljo” is brimming with confidence. As per FOX Sports:
Sterling is confident he’ll dispatch Caraway on Sunday night and then he plans on watching Cruz-Faber with plans to tackle the winner in a title fight in the very near future.
“I think my resume, I think it’s at a greater depth than a Cody Garbrandt or a Thomas Almeida in terms of the guys that we’ve fought. I think I’ve fought the stiffer competition and I’ve got finishes to go with that. To me I’m looking at that title fight like I’m the next guy in line next to TJ (Dillashaw) and Raphael Assuncao, depending on how that fight goes and rightfully so,” Sterling told FOX Sports.
“If I go out there and put on the performance I know I’m capable of doing, I will be the next guy to challenge for that belt.”
I like the notion of Sterling being an ass-kicker that helps draw interest in the bantamweight division. Heck, I like the notion of any fighter being an ass-kicker that draws interest in their particular division.