Report – Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw In The Works For UFC 279 On September 10.

    ByRoss Markey

    Jun 16, 2022
    Aljamain Sterling

    Undisputed UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling is expected to return to the Octagon for his second walk of the year – with a title showdown opposite former two-time division titleholder, T.J. Dillashaw currently targeted to feature at a UFC 279 pay-per-view event on September 10. At the time of publication, an official location or venue for the September event has yet to be determined. 

    Co-headlining UFC 273 back in April at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida – Aljamain Sterling managed to hand Russian rival and then-interim champion, Petr Yan a second career loss in the form of a close, split decision win. The victory successfully unified the bantamweight titles for Sterling.

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    Contracts for Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw have reportedly been issued

    Returning to the Octagon for the first time since a two-year USADA suspension back in July of last year at UFC Vegas 32, Dillashaw, a former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion, defeated common-opponent, Cory Sandhagen with a split decision win of his own. MMA Junkie reporters, Nolan King, and Mike Bohn was first to report the news of Sterling’s bout with Dillashaw. 

    Winning the bantamweight crown initially back in March of last year, Aljamain Sterling defeated the aforenoted, Yan with a controversial disqualification win against the Dudinka native courtesy of a fourth round illegal knee. 

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    In a bantamweight title-eliminator, Sterling stopped the previously mentioned, Sandhagen with a slick, opening round rear-naked choke at UFC 250 in June 2020. 

    Before his bantamweight division return at UFC Vegas 32 last July, Dillashaw unsuccessfully attempted to pry the flyweight crown from Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn back in January 2019.

    Beginning his second title reign in 2017, Dillashaw defeated former Team Alpha MMA training partner, Cody Garbrandt with a second round knockout, before scoring a first round knockout win over the latter in an immediate rematch in August 2018.