UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, California ended up being a short night for the “Funkmaster” Aljamain Sterling. Unfortunately, he wasn’t on the positive end of the results. The 14-3 top 10 Bantamweight suffered his first career loss via knockout to Marlon Moraes on December 9 and the knockout was rather nasty.
The longtime Serra-Longo product, Sterling was a guest on today’s episode of the MMA Hour and was a little surprised by the UFC’s lack of concern for how he was doing after the rough knockout.
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“I enjoy being a part of the UFC, of course. But I definitely think they could have done a lot better with updating the fans and everybody else. You know, we have loved ones back home.” Sterling said. “So I had people trying to call me, trying to reach me and they couldn’t get in touch with me. Obviously, I was still delirious, delusional. I had no service, they could have got a follow-up report out or something at least for the people who are actively checking and wanting to know about you and are really concerned.
I’ve been getting along a lot better with Sean Shelby and even Dana White himself. Obviously, it’s a business relationship, so I don’t expect these guys to be my friends or my best friends. I don’t look at it like that but at least a text message to say ‘hey just checking to see if you’re doing okay’ you know? Or making sure you’re alive. I think that’s common courtesy. I am technically one of your employees, no matter if you want to call us self-employed, i‘m still one of your employees. Like, if I was your boss and I didn’t like you i‘m still going to check on you. I don’t know maybe everyone’s just different. I just think from a human being standpoint, that would have been kind of a cool thing to wake up to, you know?”
Out of Sterling’s three losses, this was his first decisive loss. The prior two were both split decision losses to two of the division’s best in Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/18/2017.