Mixed martial artist describes "unforgetable" fight
Jamaican mixed martial artist Aljamain Sterling recalls his first ever live televised fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) as an experience he will never forget.
Sterling took part in UFC 214 in Anaheim, California, where he had a unanimous decision win over Brazilian Renan Barao. He described the moment to STAR Sports as "surreal".
"Your opponent's in front of you or behind you because whoever's ranked higher comes out second. So I'm watching him (Barao), they drop his music and he walks out, they tell me to move up and I move up. I peek through the curtains and I see the crowd and I go r***," he laughed.
"The whole stadium is packed. It's crazy! You see lights, phones out left and right and you don't see an empty seat in the arena and you look around and you say 'Wow, this is for me!" In that moment this is for you. Everyone's tuned in to watch you captivate them and keep them engaged in your fight and your fifteen minutes of fame," he added.
Sterling, 28, was born in New York City to Jamaican parents. With a ranking of seventh in the UFC's bantamweight division, he has a record of 14 wins, two by knockout, six by submission, six by decision; two losses (by decision) and no draws.
He had recently called out number three ranked bantamweight Jimmie Rivera, who currently has a 20 fight winning streak going. He said that a win against him could immediately put him in line for a title opportunity.