No one likes a sore loser, but Aljamain Sterling is certainly not a sore loser.

At Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88, the up-and-coming bantamweight clashed with Bryan Caraway in a bout that saw a lot of trash talk in the lead-up. And that talk was very nearly backed up in the first round, with Sterling tying Caraway up in knots. Unfortunately, Caraway took over in Rounds 2 and 3, and Sterling lost the decision.

He’s cool with it, though, and very respectful of his opponent.

I asked for a challenge and I got it. This journey is about fighting the best and trying to prove you can be the best. I lost tonight but I’m definitely not defeated. Hats off to Bryan and his team. I did everything I could to prepare for this moment and he was the better man tonight. I talked a lot of shit to motivate me to train hard to fight a tough dude. I made my bed and I’m ok with that. This is what we warriors sign up for. HEART ON OUR SLEEVE! This is my passion. This is what I love. And I truly believe I have what it takes to become a @UFC world champion! Heart of a lion with NO QUIT in me! Thank you all to my true supporters, family, and of course the fans! Whether you like me or not, I hope you all enjoyed the show! Love my team #SerraLongo baby!!!!

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