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On Monday evening, multiple outlets
reported
that a bantamweight clash between Aljamain
Sterling
and Cory
Sandhagen
has been targeted for UFC San Diego on May 16.

Sterling says it simply isn’t true. The UFC’s upcoming schedule is
completely tentative due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and
the 30-year-old New York native is fine with waiting until things
settle down before accepting a bout.

“We’ve spoken about a few different opponents. As far as I know
there is no fight announcement. Especially with all this chaos
happening,” Sterling wrote on Twitter.

“I don’t even have access to my gym anymore. It’s been a complete
ban for everyone and you guys think I’m taking a fight? Yea,
ok.”

The Las Vegas-based promotion has not made any official
announcements regarding Sterling vs. Sandhagen. However, UFC
president Dana White has been adamant that UFC 249 will take place
at an as-yet-to-be-announced venue on April 18 and that all
postponed fights will be rescheduled later in the year. It is
unclear if the company is planning UFC 249 as a one-off or if it
expects to resume its schedule from that point on.

Sterling addressed the difficulties of preparing for a fight when
athletes don’t have access to the type of training they normally
would.

“There’s only so much shadow boxing, and running you can do to prep
for a fight, [in my opinion.] And I’ve seen a training camp with no
sparring before, reap the rewards of a KO!” he wrote.

“I’m not blessed w/a home gym, weights, or mats. I’m OK with
waiting.”


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