Ray Longo ponders UFC’s ‘favoritism’ toward Islam Makhachev, other champs in Aljamain Sterling’s quick turnaround
Ray Longo takes exception with the way he thinks the UFC has treated Aljamain Sterling . Bantamweight champion Sterling (23-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will be making a three-month turnaround to face Sean O’Malley (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) in the UFC 292 main event Aug. 19 at TD Garden in Boston. Sterling is fresh off a five-round headlining win against Henry Cejudo at UFC 288. He initially wanted more time to recover before booking his next fight, and Longo doesn’t think it’s fair for the UFC to offer Sterling a fight so quickly. “To me, in business and even down here, you know what people like: consistency,” Longo said in a recent episode of the Anik & Florian Podcast .