Aljamain Sterling not ready to make his next title defense official until he gets a raise.
Bantamweight champion Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) pulls out of title unification defeat Petr Yan at UFC 273 in April, in which he left no doubt in an upset rematch.
Next up is the ex-champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC 279 September 10, but Sterling has yet to sign a contract.
“Fighting is not possible until there is ink on paper and at the moment my contract is exactly the same,” Sterling said in an interview. YouTube channel.
This is because Sterling takes a stand. “Funkmaster” testified that he was paid $400,000 for his title defense against Yang, which usually does not include his share of pay-per-view purchases. However, according to Sterling, he did not see the pay raise he was looking for in his next fight.
“Usually when it’s not a title fight, when you win a fight, there’s an escalator,” Sterling said. “There was no escalator in this fight. I would like to think that I played my part, did the right thing and even allowed myself to be the bad guy in the last game with Petr Yan and helped play out the storyline.
“So you might think that working for the company will really help you in the long run. So I did my job. At the moment I am training, hoping that we will come to some kind of agreement to give some kind of increase in salary – which naturally happens in all contracts.
Sterling isn’t saying he won’t fight Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), but until he sits down with the UFC for talks, he’s not ready to sign a deal.
“As for me, I want to make sure we get the deal right before we just jump into another fight,” Sterling said. “Because at the end of the day I’ve worked my way up the ranks, I’ve been working my ass off and playing my position in terms of helping move fights, which a lot of these guys don’t even do. I am here to be an employee of the company, and at the same time I want to look after my own interests. There is a fine line where there is a balance where both can happen.”
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