Aljamain Sterling explains why he wants T.J. Dillashaw next: “He was never clean”

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UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has discussed his upcoming fight with T.J. Dillashaw.

‘Funk Master’ was last seen in action at UFC 273 earlier this month. Sterling moved to 2-0 in his series against Petr Yan, winning by split decision. Following the bout, UFC president Dana White opined that a fight against T.J. Dillashaw makes sense next.

Aljamain Sterling first shot down a fight against the former UFC bantamweight champion. He instead proposed a fight with Jose Aldo next, as he believed the Brazilian was more-deserving. However, it seems that Sterling has come around to facing Dillashaw next.

He discussed the situation on the DC & RC podcast. The UFC bantamweight champion noted that he wants to fight Dillashaw due to his previous drug test failures. The 36-year-old previously tested positive for EPO after his 2019 loss to Henry Cejudo. His old teammate Cody Garbrandt also revealed that Dillashaw was using performance enhancers as early as 2017.

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“I did think there was three-headed horse race between him, Jose Aldo, and Henry Cejudo. I think TJ’s probably the fight I would be most enticed by, in the sense of what he’s accomplished in the bantamweight division. It’s the fight I want, people want to see that fight. I mean, his performances haven’t looked too great as of late, so I kind of want to ask him what it’s like to be on the sauce, and coming off of it.”

Aljamain Sterling continued, “[He was never clean] ever. I think before his John Dodson fight he was regular, and then after he kind of turned a corner like really, really quick. I don’t know man, his teammates kind of outed him. When he fought Cody Garbrandt, [Cody] said that he told the team how to do it, and the media brushed it under the rug.”

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