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Aljamain Sterling interview: UFC will give me a ‘huge’ bump in pay that will exceed Sage Northcutt

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Somewhat buried on the UFC Fight Night 80 card in a blockbuster triple header weekend in Las Vegas last week, was a bantamweight fight with some serious implications on the title.

Undefeated Serra-Longo fighter Aljamain Sterling choked out Johnny Eduardo in the second round of “prelims” action on UFC Fight pass, becoming the first fighter in more than eight years to accomplish the feat against the veteran Nova Uniao striker.

Yet despite the 12-0 record of Sterling and number five ranking in the bantamweight division, the UFC payouts showed he made $14,000 to show and $14,000 to win. In an exclusive interview with MMAmania.com, the fighter said that will soon change.

“This is nothing [like] asking for handouts,” said Sterling from California, where he is vacationing following his fight in Las Vegas. “My thing is, I put in the work. The work is there, the work is done and I’m going to continue choking these guys out. So I think I deserve a lot more money.”

Sterling is finished his four fight contract with UFC, in which he went 4-0 with three consecutive finishes. He revealed the promotion now has 90 days to negotiate for a new contract, in which UFC has exclusive matching rights if Bellator or another promotion attempts to lure him away.

It was revealed after UFC Fight Night 80 that Sage Northcutt, the 19-year-old phenom who has just two fights in UFC, made $80,000 to fight Cody Pfister, a fact that didn’t escape the notice of Sterling. The fighter will be asking for a contract north of that figure, and if he doesn’t get it he hinted there are other promotions that will pay.

“At the end of the day I just hope they decide to do right by me. And if not I know there’s someone else ….View full article

Source:: mma mania