Aljamain Sterling has become a bit of a controversial figure ever since he won the title from Petr Yan by DQ. Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker recently spoke out on his situation.
The former UFC champion recently made an appearance on FOX Sports’ Main Event show in Australia. Robert Whittaker didn’t hold back as he talked about Aljamain Sterling’s current situation as champion.
“He’s taking it too far. The character he’s going with is just too far. Because he can fight, he’s a phenomenal fighter.”
Aljamain Sterling has been getting a lot of hate from fans and he’s learned to embrace and build a character around it. He’ll be looking to move on from Petr Yan when he takes him on at UFC 273.
Robert Whittaker acknowledged Petr Yan’s illegal knee and admitted the Russian did lose. That doesn’t make Aljamain Sterling the real UFC bantamweight champion in his eyes though.
“Understandably, but you can’t go around claiming you’re the best in the world either. He didn’t win, Petr lost. Sterling didn’t win, Petr lost. That is how it happened. That is the undeniable truth of the matter. So, you can’t go around saying, ‘I’m the champ & I’m the best in the world,’ because you didn’t win the belt, you were given it.
“It’s different but like I said before, there’s the business side of it and the longevity side of whatever it is he’s trying to do and he’s done that. I just think he’s taken it too far,” the former UFC champion concluded.