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"Funk Master"
Aljamain Sterling
#1 Bantamweight Division • 19-3-0 (W-L-D)

Stats & Records

  • 4
    Fight Win Streak
  • 8
    Wins by Submission
  • 8
    Wins by Decision
Striking accuracy 51% 51%

Striking accuracy

Sig. Strikes Landed
803
Sig. Strikes Attempted
1584
Grappling accuracy 29% 29%

Grappling accuracy

Takedowns Landed
21
Takedowns Attempted
72
4.82
Sig. Str. Landed
Per Min
1.94
Sig. Str. Absorbed
Per Min
1.89
Takedown avg
Per 15 Min
0.99
Submission avg
Per 15 Min
67
%
Sig. Str. Defense
52
%
Takedown Defense
0.00
Knockdown Ratio
11:54
Average fight time

Sig. Str. By Position

Standing
527 (66%)
Clinch
135 (17%)
Ground
141 (18%)

Sig. Str. by target

50% 403 Head 32% 255 Body 18% 145 Leg

Win By Way

KO/TKO
2 (11%)
DEC
8 (44%)
SUB
8 (44%)

Resultados del evento

Biography

Status
Activo
Hometown
Estados Unidos
Trains at
Serra-Longo - Long Island, NY
Fighting style
Kickboxer
Age
30
Height
67.00
Weight
136.00
Octagon Debut
Feb. 22, 2014
Reach
71.00
Leg reach
39.00
Q & A

When and why did you start training for fighting? I started training because I saw a former teammate/colleague - Jon Jones - training, and I also saw a few TUF shows. I asked him for an opportunity to train with him, I was invited and I haven’t looked back since. I thought it was tailor-made for me because I love one-on-one competition. It’s your skill set against my skill set. Nothing is more rewarding than knowing you earned your right to win!

What ranks and titles have you held? I’m a brown belt in BJJ, and a 2x All-American for SUNY Cortland at 133 and 141 lbs. I've held a belt at 135 and 145 lbs as an amateur. And I've held the Ring of Combat belt at 135 lbs, before vacating it to fight at CFFC and become their first 135 lbs champ.

Do you have any heroes? No heroes growing up. But I do look up to Al Iaquinta and Chris Weidman as role models now. I always try to match their work ethic and push myself past my limits.

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting the UFC means a lot to me. I finally feel like all the hard work and dedication I put into making this a career hasn't been for nothing. All the hours my trainers and I put in will not go unnoticed. I'm an animal just trying to do savage-like things out there! When I dream, I work. REALITY! That’s what I live by. And I’m gonna go get it!

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to SUNY Morrisville, studying accounting, before transferring to SUNY Cortland and getting my B.A. in Physical Education.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was working as a shoe salesman at Saks Fifth, before being fired because I needed to get last minute things for school and called out of work. Then I just cut hair in school to help get by.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? Placed 4th & 6th at 133 lbs and 141 lbs as a JR & SR, respectively.

Ranks in any martial arts styles: I'm a brown belt under Matt "The Great" Serra, black belt in wrestling, a third degree black-belt in Funk-Jitsu, and I just got a stripe for having wicked muscles

Favorite grappling technique: Rear naked choke all day!!

Favorite Striking technique: Leg kicks, to chop down the tree!

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Aljamain Sterling walks to the Octagon before his bantamweight fight against Cody Stamann during the UFC 228 event at American Airlines Center on September 8, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
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