UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling will undergo neck surgery. Sterling had revealed continued problems with his neck in March.
Following his surgery, Sterling will require few months to recuperate. He says that the problems originated during a wrestling practice back in college. However, he was always able to compete regardless of the injury.
Unfortunately, he is still dealing with a “constant, radiating pain” in his neck. As a result, he wishes to deal with the situation before he gets back into the Octagon.
Subsequently, the timing of the surgery will delay the rematch with Yan until later this year. Aljamain has also hit back at rumors indicating that the fighter will be out for an extended period.
“It’s not going to be nine months. I don’t know why people keep saying that, who keeps spreading these lies,” he said. He feels that the UFC has a mole who’s spreading false information. Sterling predicts that he’ll be able to fight by fall, this year.
Aljamain Sterling and his Medical Woes
Aljamain Sterling had his last fight end via disqualification. His opponent Petr Yan threw an illegal knee at him whilst he was down, resulting in an automatic disqualification. Since then, a rematch is being touted.
In his own ‘Weekly Scraps’ podcast, Sterling explains the medical procedure. “We decided to go with the artificial disc replacement just to keep more of the flexibility of the neck and not put more stress with the fusion on the disc that are a level above or below.”
The ‘Funk Master’ also revealed that the recovery will take three, not nine months. He would then like to complete a full training camp as well. Eventually, he will take on Petr Yan near the end of this year.
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