UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling was a prominent figure
during a “homecoming rally” in his hometown of Uniondale, N.Y., on

Sterling rode atop a Nassau County fire marshall’s truck and waved
to those in attendance as part of a parade. The video was captured
by Newsday MMA reporter Mark LaMonica. May 23 was declared
“Aljamain Sterling Day” by Nassau County.

“I’m an emotional guy. I get emotional even just being up here in
front of you guys because this is like, you know,” Sterling said
while speaking on a stage at his alma mater, Uniondale High School
). “I was a small kid and to be doing this, man, truly,
truly blessed. Some times I really do still think I’m dreaming and
wonder when I’m gonna wake up.

“Man I got a day. This is insane.”

Sterling is coming off a split-decision triumph in a 135-pound
title rematch against Petr Yan at UFC 273 on April 9. “The Funk
Master” has been victorious in his last seven UFC appearances and
is expected to face ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw in his next belt