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Aljamain Sterling requires Diego Lopes Sphere showdown: ‘Movsar Evloev began making excuses’


Aljamain Sterling has rapidly deserted the considered a Movsar Evloev Featherweight contender match up.

UFC 300 noticed the emergence of the previous Bantamweight champion in his new division when he earned a lopsided unanimous determination win over Calvin Kattar in April 2024. Initially, Sterling hoped for a high-profile pairing in opposition to the previous division champion and now Baddest Motherf*cker (BMF) titleholder, Max Holloway.

Holloway’s unbelievable fifth spherical knockout win for the latter title in opposition to Justin Gaethje (watch highlights) eliminated him from any non-title conversations for the instant future. Subsequently, leaving Sterling to have a look at a special prime contender, which was the undefeated 18-0 Evloev. That was till Diego Lopes continued his rise with a chaotically short-notice unanimous determination win over Dan Ige at UFC 303 final month (June 29, 2024).

“Keep tuned. Hopefully, we’ll have some combat information for you guys. I’m occupied with Aljamain Sterling vs. Diego Lopes as The Sphere,” Sterling stated on his YouTube channel (h/t MMA Combating). “That has a pleasant ring to it.

“Movsar, I don’t know what the hell he’s doing,” he continued. “I gave him a date, he hasn’t accepted but. He began making all these excuses. Both you need to combat on my phrases or I’ll go combat any person else. So, Diego Lopes, should you oblige, let’s make it occur at The Sphere, September 14. Let’s get it!”

UFC’s new custom of celebrating Mexican Independence Day will proceed with Noche UFC on September 14, 2024. The date makes for all too logical of a return date for the surging Lopes, who has solely misplaced to Evloev in his UFC profession, a short-notice unanimous determination setback at UFC 288 in Might 2023. Coincidentally, Sterling headlined that occasion when he efficiently defended his Bantamweight crown in opposition to Henry Cejudo by way of cut up determination.

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