Mixed martial arts, MMA, cage fighting, or NHB is a full-contact combat sport that grabs the attention of its fans with speed, suddenness, and often violence. MMA fighters get seven-figure salaries and become faces of international advertising campaigns. Famous brands like VegasKings casino often attract celebrities and they significantly increase sales!
One of these stars is Aljamain Sterling, a UFC Bantamweight Champion who has already defended his title twice. He is at the peak of his career and is expecting to be paid correspondingly.
Aljamain is now a free agent
Aljamain has accounts on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, and owns a merchandise store where anyone can purchase branded t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, hats, and other outfit items. Recently, he went live on his YouTube and told the audience about his plans for his future career.
He worked really hard to make a name in the MMA world: fights, advertising campaigns, and successful channels on social media made him talk about a possible change in the management team. Aljamain says that he is not satisfied with the way his managers have been working. Especially when it comes to negotiating and a 10% fee. Sterling thinks that it is a rather old-fashioned way to lead a business and that something should be changed.
He has contracts with the VaynerSports agency, a company owned by Gary Vaynerchuk and AJ. They already represent MMA, baseball, and football stars but Aljamain still thinks that he is underestimated in VaynerSports and wants to represent himself on his own.
In the YouTube video, Sterling says that he is not trying to teach others how to do their job but he is still rather upset with the way how the agency is treating him. Aljamain claims that MMA athletes train and fight very hard and need to be paid correspondingly. And, by the way, this is a common problem in the MMA world because many retired fighters, as well as former agents, say that there are a lot of problems within the industry that need to be solved. So now, Aljamain is a free agent and is very positive about representing himself on his own terms and earning as much as he deserves.
About Aljamain Sterling
Aljamain is 5’ 7” and 135 lbs and belongs to the Serra-Longo Fight Team. He was born in 1989 in Uniondale, NY to Jamaican parents and grew up with seven siblings. To avoid gangs that were rather common in the area, Sterling started wrestling at Uniondale High School at the age of 15. After school, he continued his education and wrestling at Morrisville State College. There, Aljamain met Jon Jones and joined his wrestling team. But after his freshman years, he went to Cortland and rather soon became an NCAA Division III All-American with a significant record. During that time, Sterling watched Joe Jones fighting and his interest in MMA grew.
Aljamain’s professional career started back in 2009 with a 6-1 record. Along the way, he captured the Raging Wolf Bantamweight champion and Extreme FC Featherweight champion. Sterling has earned the Funk Master nickname from his unorthodox style in wrestling. At the moment, he competes in the Bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of November 2022, Aljamain ranks #9 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
Sterling’s championships and achievements include (but are not limited to):
- UFC Bantamweight Championship and two title defences
- Longest win streak in the UFC Bantamweight history
- CFFC Bantamweight Championship and three title defences
- Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship
- MMA Junkie: Submission of the Year (2018) vs Cody Stamann
- MMA Junkie: June Submission of the Month (2020) vs Cory Sandhagen
- Cageside Press: Submission of the Year (2020) vs Cory Sandhagen
One of the best fighters of our time
Aljamain has the necessary knowledge, skills, and stamina to become one of the greatest MMA fighters and who knows, maybe the change in management is the puzzle piece he is missing. If you are a fan of this sport, we recommend following the news because rather soon Sterling will surely express himself in full. And till that time, we recommend reading other articles by Grace Tennet, a content manager at NZ CasinoHEX. You may even find her MMA-themed slot reviews that are not only fun but rewarding to play.