Sterling calls out Rivera

August 31, 2017
Ricardo Makyn Multimedia Photo Editor Ultimate Fight Championships' (UFC) Jamaican mixed martial artist Aljamain Sterling.

Jamaican mixed martial artist Aljamain 'Funk Master' Sterling has challenged the Ultimate Fight Championships' (UFC) number-three ranked bantamweight fighter, Jimmie 'El Terror' Rivera, to a match-up.

Sterling, whose last action inside the octagon was on UFC 214 last month, saw him beat Brazilian fighter Renan Barao by unanimous decision. He told STAR Sports yesterday that a win over Rivera could be the ladder to a title match.

Rivera is on a 20-fight win. The only loss of his 22-fight career occurred in his second bout in 2008. Sterling said beating someone with such a good record would make everyone take notice of his potential.

"I think, right now, Jimmie Rivera's the second contender for a title shot. I think he's on a 20-fight win streak. It would be nice to go in there and snap that win streak on my way to a title shot," Sterling said

"I think I am one or two fights away from the belt. If everything falls into place, I could realistically cut the line, so to speak," said Srterling, adding that a match with Rivera would be of great financial benefit to him.

"We've got some history from the regional circuits, a little back-and-forth banter," he said. "Now the time is right. We can actually make some good money that I can use towards doing some good things. Now that the time is right, high-stake fight, whoever wins."

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