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Aljamain Sterling’s second UFC bantamweight title defense against TJ Dillashaw is just around the corner as the pair are set to collide this weekend (Saturday October 22, 2022) at UFC 280 from inside the ‘Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, Dubai. Before “Aljo” got down to business, however, he first had to clear things up about a recent controversy.
Just a few days ago, Sterling took pictures with highly controversial kickboxer and internet figure Andrew Tate. MMA fans were immediately pissed, which led to debates on Twitter. Primarily, Tate’s opinion on the ‘personal responsibility’ of rape victims was brought up, and Sterling didn’t do the best job of establishing whether or not he agreed with the widely banned social media star. .
Sterling explained that he disagreed with Tate’s victim-blaming stance and elaborated on more than 200 characters at Wednesday’s press conference.
“I have over 14 sisters,” Sterling said (via MMAJunkie). “I love my mum. I would never tell my mum that if something like this happened to them, ‘it’s your fault’. It’s just the craziest thing to say to anyone.
“It’s like you’re in the neighborhood, and you’re walking in a nice neighborhood or something, and you’re a person of color, and you get shot for wearing a hoodie , I’m telling you it’s your fault because you’re walking down the street. It doesn’t even make sense. Why would I ever blame the victim? No, it’s the person who doesn’t take the time to understand.
“So the clarity on that is that I never blamed anyone. I think it’s the craziest thing to make an assumption like that and if you don’t understand what I said, ask me to clarify. Don’t start jumping the gun and throwing labels and stuff like that.
Sterling faced a lot of backlash after posting the photo, and he attributes that to the critical nature of the world and the internet today. According to the bantamweight champion, there’s no doubt before people immediately go on the offensive.
“I think people are really crazy, and I think that’s the problem with the world today,” Sterling said. “We’re so quick to condemn people instead of giving them a chance to reason and analyze what people are saying rather than just assume and just pass judgment and be completely wrong.
“That’s just the world we live in today. I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon. That said, I hope TJ Dillashaw moves the needle this weekend at UFC 280.”
UFC fighters adapting to fights in Abu Dhabi are quite a sight to behold.
Deontay Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. sounds like a lot of fun.
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— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 19, 2022
Belal Muhammad has gone too far!
I really hope Francis Ngannou gets booked as soon as possible to defend his heavyweight title. “The Predator” is worth every dollar!
Kron Gracie vs. Bryce Mitchell would actually be a neat fight.
Good humor and sportsmanship of the two fighters!
PED controversies aside, TJ Dillashaw loves weird training methods more than most.
Slips, tears and KO clips
This Sean O’Malley cage-side clip that absolutely sparkles Thomas Almeida is actually pretty damn nasty.
Enjoy the ten fastest knockouts in UFC history:
The poor guy walked straight into a sore right hand.
Midnight Music: Funk, 1972
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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