In the UFC, the name of the game is promoting fights. Fight winners call out potential future opponents after their match, guys chirp on social media, it’s a thin line between promoting MMA and a WWE storyline. So it’s not a surprise to see UFC’s #2 ranked bantamweight Aljamain Sterling call out the division’s champ, Petr Yan.
But Aljamain Sterling’s Twitter trash talk is…well, a little outside the box:
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Paper Yan is a paper champion. His resume is single ply, too thin to even wipe my ass with it 🧻 Hasn’t beaten a single guy in the top five. So you know I’m coming on that 🍑 no tissues.☝🏾🎒
•#PaperYan #PeoplesChampvsPaperChamp #FunkGotNext #TheWeeklyScraps! pic.twitter.com/ZRQiJavngi
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) July 22, 2020
Now I think we have to be honest here: It’s a thin line between alpha male dominance and homoeroticism. It’s been that way since the Greeks wrestled each other in the nude centuries ago to show who’s the better man between the two. And, as Jerry Seinfeld told us long ago, there’s not anything wrong with that.
So while I fully support the hilarious Paper Champ Photoshop of Petr Yan by Aljamain Sterling, I’m a little less into the explicit threats to ejaculate on his butt with no tissues. Knock his teeth out, dominate him, sure. But once we’re talking Aljamain Sterlng leaving a fight looking like this:
I’m going to say that’s a no from me. Even though the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan and company would be quite the rousing time, I’m sure. Not the most COVID friendly, though.