The second fight on the main card saw two bantamweights do battle when undefeated welshman Brett "The Pikey" Johns took on New Yorks own, Aljamain Sterling.
Sterling's Grappling was the difference in this fight. Sterling did very well throughout the fight whether it be in the clinch or on the ground. Many a time he would initiate a sweep on John's to get a dominant position where he could land. In the clinch too where the two fighters found themselves frequently, Sterling worked his opponents body with those hard knees whilst sprinkling in some hard foot stomps too. In the stand up realm, John's didn't throw enough volume to cause a lot of troubles for Aljamain and was looking for that counter. He did land some sporadic big shots like a big knee in the 2nd but otherwise the striking was also initiated by Sterling, landing some big combos and utilising a very kick heavy game plan. Sterling mixed up body and leg kicks well and did very well slipping in and out of range from the outside where he would land. Eventually Sterling got the unanimous decision victory to take the welshmans 0 and maintain that top 10 spot due to his superior Grappling and more calculated striking.
This win puts Sterling back into the win column after that devastating loss to Moraes which temporarily set him back.
Sterling called out his idol now rival Dominic Cruz which I think is maybe too big of a step up after only 1 win.
My Opinion: John Dodson
Reasoning: I think Aljamain needs another win this time against a top 10 opponent if he wants a top 5 like Cruz.
What better opponent that a man one rank above him, long time flyweight and bantamweight contender John "The Magician" Dodson. John is a very explosive fighter who can finish someone at the drop of a hat as we saw when he knocked out TJ in the TUF 14 finale. He poses threats across the board, most notably his speed and power and has 2 submissions in his career. Mixed with experience of fighting P4P best DJ twice and just his time in the UFC in general, he should prove an interesting test for young Aljamain.
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