Aljamain Sterling is doing OK after suffering through a scary moment at UFC Fresno.
Sterling was the victim of an instant ‘Knockout of the Year’ contender at the hands of former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes on Saturday night. The 28-year-old bantamweight contender was knocked out cold after eating a flush knee to the head just 67 seconds into his main card bout against Moraes. Sterling stayed down on the canvas for several minutes after the knockout.
Sterling was ultimately transported to a local hospital for “precautionary measures” late Saturday, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported. Afterward, the “Funk Master” posted a statement on Twitter explaining that he was alright.
That statement can be read below.
Hats off to Marlon. Thought I timed the TD perfectly and he was able to land a nasty knee. Sucks to be the nail, but this is the fight game. I'm ok for all those asking— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) December 10, 2017
Sterling (14-3) has now lost three of his past five contests after starting off his UFC career a perfect 4-0. He sandwiched a pair of decision wins over Augusto Mendes and former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao between loses to Bryan Caraway, Raphael Assuncao, and Moraes. His setback on Saturday night against Moraes marked the first time in Sterling’s MMA career that he has been finished.