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Johnny Eduardo: ‘Scared’ Aljamain Sterling ‘never fought someone at my caliber’

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Aljamain Sterling was seven years old when Johnny Eduardo made his Vale Tudo debut in Brazil. Nineteen years later, they will collide at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas, and the Brazilian plans to humble the bantamweight prospect on Dec. 10.

Sterling called out Eduardo for the first time back in June, promising to retire the Nova Uniao fighter from the sport. The Brazilian veteran, who hasn’t fought since a devastating knockout victory over Eddie Wineland in 2014, isn’t bothered by his opponent’s pre-fight talk.

“It’s just the opposite. He’s a frustrated man who tries to rise overnight, and that’s not how things work in the fight business,” Eduardo told “There’s a thing called respect, and you have to respect those who entered many battles. He’s trying to get in my head but he’s using the wrong strategy. He’s scared. He never fought someone at my caliber, someone with my intelligence, my power, my experience, and that’s why he’s trying to get inside my head. I can smell his fear.”

Eduardo, who made his MMA debut in 1996, enters UFN 80 with a 27-9 record with 20 finishes, while the Serra-Longo Fight Team product holds an 11-0 record ….View original article