Aljamain Sterling may be biting off more than he can chew.
The reigning UFC bantamweight world champion recently called out Demetrious Johnson and even took a shot at the reigning ONE flyweight world champion’s stature and age.
During his pre-UFC 292 Q&A, h/t to MMAFighting.com, ‘Aljo’ said Johnson is too small and too old for him.
“He’s too little, man. ‘Mighty Mouse’ is great, but he’s too little. There’s a reason why he lost to [Dominick Cruz]. It wasn’t a skill deficiency, it’s size… He’s skilled, but I think Father Time has passed him a little bit. If he wants this work, try to get some revenge for Henry [Cejudo], I can beat your boy too. So ‘Mighty Mouse’ where you at?”
The 5-foot-7 Sterling does hold a significant height advantage over the 5-foot-3 Johnson, but the American legend has proven many times that size doesn’t really matter against him.
Johnson had an epic trilogy against his arch-rival Adriano Moraes for the ONE flyweight world title. Although ‘Mighty Mouse’ lost the first meeting, he completely dominated the 5-foot-8 ‘Mikinho’ in the rematch and in the curtain closer.
After losing the first fight at ONE on TNT I by grounded knee, Johnson exacted revenge a year later when he knocked out Moraes with a flying knee in the main event of ONE on Prime Video 1 in August 2022.
He then closed the rivalry with a clinical unanimous decision win at ONE Fight Night 10 this past May in Denver.