UFC: Aljamain Sterling Holding Out for Pay Increase, Won’t Sign Dillashaw Contract

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Pump the brakes connected that Aljamain Sterling-T.J. Dillashaw combat news, a match-up that had been reported for UFC 279.

While it appears the combat is the absorption the promotion is going in, bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling says helium won’t motion the bout statement without 1 circumstantial information being met.

Calling Dillashaw “The King of Pills,” Sterling (21-3) took to Youtube to accidental that “There is nary combat until there’s ink connected paper, and arsenic of close now, my declaration is precisely the same.”

And that close determination is the problem. Sterling is looking for a wage increase, aft successfully defending his rubric successful a rematch with Petr Yan at UFC 273 successful April.

“Usually, erstwhile it’s not a rubric fight, erstwhile you triumph a combat there’s an escalator,” Sterling explained. “There has been nary escalator successful this fight. I similar to deliberation that I played my part, did the close things and adjacent allowed myself to beryllium the atrocious feline successful the past outing with Petr Yan, and assistance play up the storyline.”

Sterling, who was so vilified by a ample chunk of the UFC fanbase aft winning the rubric via DQ successful his archetypal combat with Yan, continued by saying that “So 1 would deliberation that being a institution antheral would really assistance you successful the agelong run. So I did my job. As of close now, I’m training, hoping that we travel to immoderate benignant of statement to springiness immoderate benignant of wage bump– which people happens successful each the contracts.” For those unfamiliar with UFC contracts, helium added that “So accidental you travel into the UFC, 10 and 10, people there’s a 2 expansive oregon 3 expansive escalator, immoderate your declaration is, usually they’re each modular successful the precise beginning.”

Win a fight, and you determination up the escalator, going from $10,000 to show, $10,000 to triumph to the adjacent step, 12/12, for example.

“For me, I privation to marque definite we get the woody close earlier we conscionable leap into different fight,” Sterling stated. “Because astatine the extremity of the day, I climbed done the ranks, I worked my ass off, and I played my presumption successful presumption of helping to beforehand the fights, which a batch of these guys don’t adjacent do. I’m present to beryllium a institution man, and astatine the aforesaid time, I privation to look retired for my champion interests. There’s a good enactment wherever there’s a equilibrium wherever getting some of those done tin happen, and hopefully we tin beryllium down, fig this out, and I conjecture fig retired wherever the location’s going to be.”

Later, “The Funkmaster” would adhd that “It’s not authoritative until there’s ink, connected paper, dry. So until then, determination is nary fight, I’m not defending against nobody. I’m connected abrogation until then.”