UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling proved himself as a champion when he won the rematch against Petr Yan at UFC 273.
But barely ten days after their encounter, Sterling piled on the weight.
On Monday, he uploaded a video to his Instagram account, showing that he ballooned 40 pounds from his last official weigh-in.
Prior to the long-awaited rematch with Yan, Sterling successfully tipped the scale below the bantamweight limit at 134.5 pounds.
While he used to admit that he is walking around at 154 pounds, he was surprised to find out that he is now weighing in at 176 pounds.
‘Funkmaster’ shared the video on his Instagram and Twitter accounts, with captions that expressed his surprises on them, saying he felt “ridiculous” and “sick”.
On his Instagram, he wrote “I am a bacon right now! Enjoying the fruits of my labor, but this is getting ridiculous!”
While on his Twitter he also wrote “Look at this bantamweight! That’s a sick, sick, man! ? Exactly 1 week after my fight. Wow…”
He also added that he felt “fat and gross” and will back on diet soon.
“I feel fat and gross. My cheeks are so big. I don’t recognize myself. Diet starts tmw. ??”
Sterling came out in the best shape of his life after a 13-months layoff following his first fight against Yan at UFC 259 back in March last year.
In the fourth round of their initial fight, Yan threw an illegal knee while Sterling was on the ground, resulting in a disqualification loss for the Russian.
Following the disqualification win, Sterling underwent neck surgery that sidelined him from the competition for more than a year.
While recovering from the surgery, an interim championship took place between the former champion Yan and #3 contender Cory Sandhagen.
Upon his comeback, Sterling then proceeds to win the rematch with Yan by a razor-thin split decision, finally proving to his doubters that he is the real champion.
Luthfi Prawiro is a writer based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has a strong passion for combat sports and a BA in Psychology. His undergraduate thesis was on the Sports Psychology of MMA.