Monday was an unexpected signing day for the UFC. Shortly after heavyweight Alistair Overeem (pictured) announced he had inked a contract extension to remain with the promotion, promising bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (pictured) revealed that he too had signed an extension to stay with the UFC.
Sterling made his announcement on Monday’s edition of on “The MMA Hour.”
Sterling became a free agent after submitting Johnny Eduardo in December to bump his professional record to an unblemished 12-0. Despite Sterling’s potential, the UFC appeared to be playing hardball with the up-and-coming 26-year-old and buried him on the prelims of the UFC Fight Pass streamed event.
UFC president Dana White took a “we’ll see” approach when discussing Sterling’s future with the promotion.
At a time when the sport is struggling for superstars, Sterling is a young, exciting and charismatic budding star staring the UFC dead in the eyes yet White didn’t appear eager to retain his services.
Sterling wasn’t shy about expressing his desire to receive fair market value given what he’s done during his four-fight UFC career, which includes three straight finishes.
Sterling received a disclosed salary of just $28,000, with half coming via win bonus, for waxing off Eduardo. In comparison, Sage Northcutt, the 19-year-old golden boy the UFC put their marketing machine behind, was already gifted a lucrative $40,000 to show/$40,000 to win salary plan after just his second UFC bout.
Sterling did not disclose the terms of his new UFC contract. No word when “Funk Master” will break in his fresh deal.