Aljamain Sterling Bio, Age, Height, Girlfriend, Net Worth, Next Fight, Twitter [Updated 2023]

Aljamain Sterling is an American MMA Fighter who competes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is the current UFC Bantamweight Champion.

On March 6, 2021, he defeated former Bantamweight champion Petr Yan. Sterling won the fight as Yan got disqualified due to an intentional illegal knee. His MMA record is 20-3-0.

He is with Serra-Longo Fight Team and currently holds a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He has smooth and clean wrestling.

Aljamain Sterling height
Aljamain Sterling is 5 feet 7 inches tall
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He has had four submission wins till now in UFC. He has three losses in MMA. All of the losses came in UFC. He was also a former Cage Fury Fighting Championships Bantamweight Champion.

So, if you are a fan of Aljamain Sterling and want to learn more about him, please read the article below.

Aljamain Sterling: Biography

Full name Aljamain Antoine Sterling
Nickname Funk Master
Date of birth 31 July 1989
Birthplace Uniondale, New York, United States
Age 34 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Father’s name Cleveland Sterling
Mother’s name Sophie Sterling
Siblings 7
Brother Name Under review
Nationality American
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 61 Kg (135 pounds)
Body measurement Under Review
Body type Athletic body
Eye color Dark Brown
Hair Color Black
Shoe size Under Review
Religion Christian
Sexuality Straight
Marital status In Relation
Girlfriend Rebecca Cruz
Children None
Net worth $2 million
Salary $200,000-$300,000
Profession Mixed Martial Artist
Social media presence Instagram and Twitter
Source of Income Salary and Bonuses, endorsement, sponsorship, and merchandise
Last Updated April 2023

Early Life

Aljamain Sterling was born on July 31, 1989, in Uniondale, New York, United States. His father’s name is Cleveland Sterling, and his mother is Sophie Sterling. Both of his parents are Jamaican.

Sterling admitted that he doesn’t have positive memories of his father as he would often indulge in domestic violence.

He will never forgive his father for all the misery his mother faced. MMA fighter Aljamain grew up with seven full siblings and at least 12 half-siblings.

In 2004, Sterling started wrestling at Uniondale High School to avoid gang life as some of his brothers were gang members.

Later Aljamain Sterling joined Morrisville State College, where he continued wrestling.

He developed his interest in MMA while at Morrisville when he met Jon Jones. He transferred to Cortland after his freshman year and became a two-time NCAA Division III All-American with an 87-27.

Due to his unorthodox wrestling style, he earned the nickname “The Funk Master .”More information about Aljamain Sterling‘s early life will be updated as soon as possible.


Aljamain Sterling had a troubled childhood, but his education was decent. He joined Morrisville State College, where he got the opportunity to start wrestling.

He transferred to Cortland after his freshman year. Sterling graduated from Cortland with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Aljamain Sterling Age, Height, Weight, Body Measurement

Sterling was born on July 31, 1989, and is currently 34 years old. MMA fighter Aljamain is 5 feet 7 inches tall or 1750 cm tall and weighs around 61 kg or 135 lbs.

Sterling’s body measurements and shoe size are unavailable and will be updated as soon as possible. He has black hair, and his eyes are Dark Brown. Sterling’s zodiac sign is Cancer.

Who is Aljamin Sterling Girlfriend?

Aljamain Sterling is currently dating Rebecca Cruz. They started dating in 2011. The couple recently engaged on February 15, 2021.

The couple has not married yet, but some rumors suggest they will marry soon.

Aljamain Sterling wife
Aljamain Sterling with his fiancee Rebecca Cruz
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Rebecca is of American nationality. Rebecca has her own cosmetic company called NYX Professional Makeup.

 Aljamain Sterling Net Worth 2023

Aljamain Sterling has a net worth of $2 million as of 2022. Sterling earned $230,000 for his fight against Petr Yan at UFC 259.

This was his highest earning from a fight. His base salary is around $90,000-$100,000.

After bonuses and sponsorships, he earns about $100,000-$200,000 a fight.

Aljamain Sterling net worth
Aljamain Sterling has a net worth of $2 million
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Sterling makes the majority of his money from fighting in the ring. Also, brand endorsement, and other sponsorship deals and advertisements are also part of his income.

Sterling current form is really good, and it looks like he is going to give a hard time to Petr Yan defending his title.

Eventually, his salary will grow in the future and he will most likely have more sponsorship.

Aljamain Sterling Social Media

Facebook: 41k followers

Twitter158k followers

Instagram366k followers

Early Career

In 2009, Sterling started his amateur career with a submission win. Before turning professional, he had a 6-1 amateur record.

His one loss came from a split decision. However, later he avenged his loss.

During his amateur career, he won the Raging Wolf amateur Bantamweight Championship and Extreme FC amateur Featherweight Championship.

His first professional fight came on April 22, 2011, against Sergio da Silva at UCC 4: Supremacy.

His second win came at EFC: Bragging Rights 2 on May 21, 2011, against Harley Leimbach.

On June 17, 2011, he won the Ring of Combat Bantamweight Championship against Claudio Ledesma in a split decision.

Similarly, on July 23, 2011, he made his Featherweight debut in CFFC 10: Black Eye against Evan Chmielski by a technical knockout.

On October 22, 2011, he returned to Bantamweight and won the CFFC Bantamweight Championship against Sean Santella unanimously.

In the next three title fights, he defended his titles all three times. His opponents were Casey Johnson, Sidemar Honorio, and Joel Roberts. Sterling made his UFC debut on February 22, 2014.

2014- Present

Sterling was set to make his debut in UFC 170. However, his opponent Bryan Caraway got injured, and Lucas Martin replaced Caraway.

Martin was also forced out of the fight due to injury. Therefore, Martin was replaced by Cody Gibson. Sterling won via unanimous decision.

Sterling had his second UFC fight on July 16, 2014, against Hugo Viana. He finished the fight via TKO in round number 3.

On April 18, 2015, Sterling submitted Takeya Mizugaki via arm-triangle choke.

Yet another submission against Johnny Eduardo on December 10, 2015, made Sterling viral in the MMA community.

His first loss in UFC came against Bryan Caraway via split decision on May 29, 2016.

On January 28, 2017, Sterling tasted his second MMA loss against Raphael Assunção via split decision.

On April 15, 2017, he faced Augusto Mendes in UFC: Johnson vs. Reis. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

At UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, Sterling faced Renan Barão via unanimous decision. On December 9, 2017, Sterling was set to fight Rani Yahya at UFC Fight Night 123. However, Yahya pulls out of the fight due to injury.

Marlon Morales replaced him. Morales gave Sterling a tough fight, and Morales had good form then. Morales KO’d Sterling in the first round.

At UFC Fight Night 128, Sterling faced Brett Johns on April 21, 2018. Sterling won via unanimous decision.

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On September 8, 2018, at UFC 288, Sterling won against Pedro Munhoz unanimously.

On June 6, 2020, at UFC 250, Sterling faced Cory Sandhagen. The winner of this fight was supposed to fight for the Bantamweight title. Sterling won the fight via submission in the first round and earned his first Performance of the Night.

On December 12, 2020, at UFC 256, Sterling was set to fight Petr Yan. However, it was announced that the bout was scrapped from the card due to an undisclosed reason.

Later on March 6, 2021, at UFC 259, Sterling and Yan fought against each other. Sterling won the fight by disqualification due to an intentional illegal knee by Yan.

They are rescheduled to meet at UFC 273 on April 9 for the UFC Bantamweight Championship.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan

The event featured a UFC Bantamweight Championship fight between former champion Petr Yan (16-2-0) and Aljamain Sterling (20-3-0).

Sterling won the fight as Yan got disqualified due to an illegal knee on Sterling.

Aljamain Sterling vs petr Yan
Aljamain Sterling fighting against Petr Yan

These two are set for a rematch on April 9 at UFC 273. Petr Yan is hungry to get his title back, and Sterling will surely give his best to defend his title.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Cory Sandhagen

Sterling met Sandhagen at UFC 250. Ufc 250 was a mixed martial arts event held on June 6, 2020, at the UFC Apex facility in Enterprise, Nevada, United States.

This was a short fight for Sterling as he submitted Sandhagen by rear-naked choke at 1:28 in round one. Sterling dominated Sandhagen and earned the Performance of the Night award.

Aljamain Sterling vs. Pedro Munhoz

UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes was a mixed martial arts event held on June 8, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The event featured a UFC Bantamweight bout between current champion Sterling and Munhoz. (Currently ranked 9th in UFC Bantamweight)

Sterling won all three rounds and won the fight via unanimous decision.

Aljamain Sterling vs Henry Cejudo: Next Fight

UFC 288: The main event is going be between the UFC Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and number one in the Bantamweight division Herny Cejudo on 7 May 2023.

It is the most anticipated fight in the whole bantamweight division as of now. The match will take place in Prudential Centre, New Jersey, US.

FAQs About Aljamain Sterling

What gym does Aljamain Sterling train at?

Aljamain Sterling is a UFC bantamweight champion. He currently trains at the Serra-Longo Fight Team in Lon Island, New York.

What rank was Aljamain Sterling?

Aljamain Sterling is currently ranked number one in the Bantamweight division. As he is the current UFC champion.

Is Aljamain Sterling a BJJ black belt?

Yes, Aljamain Sterling is a BJJ black belt.

Is Aljamain Sterling a grappler?

Yes, Aljamain Sterling is a very good grappler.

What is Aljamain Sterling’s net worth in 2023?

Aljamain Sterling’s total net worth is $2 million as of 2023.

Who is Aljamain Sterling married to?

Aljamain Sterling is not married as of now. But, he is dating a beautiful woman, Rebecca Cruz with whom he recently got engaged on 15 February 2021.