Aljamain Sterling was impressed with Jose Aldo’s win over Rob Font on Saturday night, but he knows there is a clear path to beating him.
Sterling, the current bantamweight champion, will have to settle his differences first with Petr Yan, but should he win, a potential scrap against Aldo could be next, which he says is very exciting, as fighting Aldo would be surreal.
“I thought it was a phenomenal performance,” Sterling said on the post-fight show. “Compared to what he did against Petr Yan, this was night and day. I think he’s still getting better, still proving that he’s one of the top dogs in this division, and I’m super excited because this division is really hot right now.”
If he does get past Yan sometime next year and he gets the chance to fight Aldo, the champ says he knows how he would approach the fight. According to Sterling, he believes you need to pressure Aldo from the get-go and not let him go.
Aljamain Sterling believes people are giving Jose Aldo too much respect in there because he is a legend. Yet, the champ also knows the Brazilian has the skills to beat everyone at bantamweight on any given night.
Aljamain Sterling is preparing for a potential bout with Aldo
“I think you’ve just got to stay in his face the whole time; that’s my personal opinion,” he said. “When he started taking Rob Font down, he was a fish out on land, so to speak. … He’s a black belt. He’s a legend. He’s done what he’s done in the history books for a reason, but I do believe I have the tools to beat every one of these guys in the bantamweight division.”
Whether or not Sterling and Aldo will ever fight one another is uncertain. Aldo appears to be interested in fighting TJ Dillashaw in a number one contender bout while Sterling will have to rematch Yan.