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Aljamain Sterling reveals injury forced him out of rumored UFC 244 fight against Frankie Edgar

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Aljamain Sterling has revealed a wrist injury has forced him out of a planned fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC 244 in November.

Sterling announced the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday. He claims a ligament tear in his wrist has meant the New York State Athletic Commission will not clear him for a discussed fight with Frankie Edgar at UFC 244 on November 2nd.

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For the last 2 years, I’ve been dealing with a Scapholunate ligament tear in my wrist. Depending how bad you let the injury get can weaken/affect your grip strength, reduces the weight you can lift, the pressure you can put on it, and over time gets extremely painful to do daily activities, like washing my back and my ass! – I kept pushing through the injurys’ limits and telling the doctors that I would be fine with not getting surgery. ‍♀️ Recently I was offered a HUGE fight, so I was going to push the limits again, despite having less strength than my left hand (I’m right-handed) to fight the legend, Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, at @thegarden!! – Unfortunately, the NYSAC wouldn’t approve me in time to fight at home for Nov. 2nd. Although the wrist pain got significantly worse from fighting Pedro Munhoz, I was really disappointed, but recognized that maybe this was Gods plan for me. I’ve been searching for clarity or a sign…maybe this was it… Either way, I was ready to risk it all again for a dream come true fight against a legend in my hometown!! I risked it before, right? So why not do it again, as my homecoming to FINALLY fight at home?! – That was my mindset and sometimes us fighters are our worst enemies. Us fighters NEVER fight at 100% anyway, which is why we are, who we are that live this life and do crazy shit that we do! All for a moment of glory, that could last a LIFETIME! Thank you to @seanshelby @danawhite and everyone on the @UFC medical team for taking care of me. And my manager, Lloyd, and girlfriend @rebeccacruise for coming and being here for me • #FunkStillGotNext! #RoadToRecovery #Surgery #Scapholunate #Ligament #UFC #ESPN #DrHotchkiss #NYC #HSS #LookAtTheFlickOfThatWrist #MSG #TheWeeklyScraps

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“For the last two years, I’ve been dealing with a scapholunate ligament tear in my wrist,” Sterling wrote. “Depending how bad you let the injury get (it) can weaken/affect your grip strength, reduces the weight you can lift, the pressure you can put on it, and over time gets extremely painful to do daily activities, like washing my back and my ass!”

Sterling (18-3) is currently on a four-fight winning streak in the UFC. In his post, he wrote the injury got worse after his most recent win over Pedro Munhoz in June. The UFC’s card on November 2nd takes place at Madison Square Garden, which is what makes the scrapped fight with Edgar even more frustrating for the New Yorker Sterling.

“Unfortunately, the NYSAC wouldn’t approve me in time to fight at home for Nov. 2,” Sterling wrote. “Although the wrist pain got significantly worse from fighting Pedro Munhoz, I was really disappointed, but recognized that maybe this was God’s plan for me. I’ve been searching for clarity or a sign… maybe this was it…

“Either way, I was ready to risk it all again for a dream-come-true fight against a legend in my hometown!! I risked it before, right? So why not do it again, as my homecoming to FINALLY fight at home?!”




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