Aljamain Sterling is coming off of a decision win over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 238, a win that could conceivably give him a bantamweight title shot at two division UFC champion Henry Cejudo.
Joseph Benavidez recently defeated Jussier Formiga by second round TKO at UFC Fight Night Minneapolis, putting him in line for a flyweight title shot against the aforementioned Cejudo.
Sterling, in a series of posts on Twitter, says he wouldn’t mind if Benavidez got a flyweight title bout before a bantamweight title shot came to fruition.
If I lost the first crack at @HenryCejudo to @JoeJitsu, I wouldn’t be mad at all. Joey B is legend of the game and with that performance it’s tough to argue who should get the first chance to dethrone the King. Congrats Benevidez! #UFCMinneapolis— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) June 30, 2019
I understand all the background stuff to build both our cases from a @UFC PR stand point. Joey B winning like that, while having a win over HC, gives him good skin in the game to get the first crack. I earned it as well. This double champ shit is sadly getting old. -- https://t.co/HTAS6s0ZYj— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) June 30, 2019
Benavidez and Cejudo have previously clashed before at the UFC Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December of 2016, with Benavidez getting the win on that night.
It could be awhile before either Benavidez or Sterling get their potential title shots, as the two division champion recently underwent surgery and could be out of action for the rest of the year.