Midnight Mania: Featherweight Funk Is JACKED!

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Midnight Mania: Featherweight Funk Is JACKED!

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UFC 300 is a massive card filled with marquee names and match ups from top-to-bottom. It’s easy for an important narrative to get lost in the mix, simply because there’s so much going on! Former Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling’s move up to Featherweight would typically be high-profile, but his showdown against top contender Calvin Kattar is now in the midst of the “Prelims” position of the card.

Though the official weigh-ins have yet to take place, we’re getting our first glimpses of Sterling at Featherweight as fight week photos release. In his first photoshoot as an 145-pound fighter, “The Funkmaster” is noticeably more muscular than at any point previously. Sterling has always endured a rough cut down to Bantamweight, so it makes sense that he would be able to add weight and muscle quickly once fueling his body properly.

Check out a side-by-side below:

Here’s another couple photos from Sterling’s UFC 300 fight week photoshoot:

UFC Fighter Portraits
Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
UFC Fighter Portraits
Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

In Sterling’s last bout, he coughed up Bantamweight gold to Sean O’Malley via second-round knockout (watch here). Prior to that defeat, Sterling had won nine straight bouts and defended his Bantamweight crown three times. Meanwhile, Kattar is also looking to rebound from defeat, having most recently come up short versus Arnold Allen due to a sudden knee injury and has been on the mend since.

Think “Funkmaster” is here to stay at 145-pounds?


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