He started out strong, but midway through their bout at UFC Fight Night 88, Aljamain Sterling faded and Bryan Caraway took over.

In a bout that was a long time coming – with the up-and-coming Sterling hurling insults and bucking hard for a matchup against “Mr. Miesha Tate for the last year – it was all about the veteran surviving the young stud’s best and taking control. For the entirety of the first round, Sterling expertly maintained back-control while Caraway desperately fought off choke attempts. At one point, “Aljo” even had him in a Full Nelson, painfully cranking his neck as Caraway winced.

But Sterling was apparently spent when the second round rolled around, and Caraway turned the tables and had Sterling on the defense on the mat for the rest of the bout.

When time expired, the judges rendered the split decision in Caraway’s favor.