“Funkmaster” had already been taking a lot of heat given the controversial nature of his win, and this recent mishap made him a bigger open target. Sterling then decided to speak up and shed light on his situation through a recent Instagram post.
As always, I like to share the truth and be transparent with my fan base that actually give a shit about fighters health. Training has been going well but I’ve been struggling to get my body to push pass 2 RDs in sparring sessions.
The fatigue that sets in and the cramping still lingers, which my surgeon said is due to the nerves still recovering from the long-term trauma, and surgery I just had.
Nothing I can do about that, other than show up in another shell of myself and risk wasting the surgery and maybe getting severely hurt!!
I originally wanted to fight in December but the plans were pushed up earlier. Unfortunately, my body isn’t agreeing with me and I asked for an extension and asked for Petr Yan to wait, so that I will be the first man in the UFC to beat his ass.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto confirmed that Sterling’s withdrawal was more of a doctor’s call. The UFC is said to be looking for other options for Yan, and it is unclear whether or not he will remain on the card.
UFC 267 will be a non-pay-per-view numbered event that takes place on October 30 in Fight Island. Headlining the card is the light heavyweight title bout between champion Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira.