One of MMA’s recent free agents, Aljamain Sterling signs back with the UFC.
The undefeated bantamweight burst into the UFC top 5 after finishing Takeya Mizugaki & Johnny Eduardo in 2015. After his last fight under his UFC contract, he chose to follow in Benson Henderson’s footsteps and test the open market. Ultimately Funk Master decided to stay with the UFC despite “good offers” from Bellator and WSOF.
“The contract was a lot more lucrative than the original offer,” Sterling told Ariel Helwani on MMA Hour. “In terms of the upfront money and the back end money in terms of becoming the champ and things like that, there was a lot more to offer with those guys. Ultimately, there are a whole bunch of different things that go into it. The marketing, the publicity, and of course, you can’t really put a value on the UFC name. That alone has a value of itself. If you go out there and say, ‘I fight for the UFC,’ people automatically know exactly what that is. Whether or not they watch it, but they know exactly what that is.
“Ultimately, I think I made the right decision. I got some extra incentives in there, so I’m happy with the decision I made. I’m excited, because I honestly believe I’m the best guy in the division.”
The Long Island based, Serra – Longo athlete doesn’t have a fight lined up yet. But one thing is for sure – regardless of which promotion he fights for, he’s damn exciting and we’re excited to watch!