Before the curtains close on the year, former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is gearing up to step into the grappling arena for a headline bout against Kevin Dantzler at Fury Pro Grappling 8.
The event, scheduled for December 30th at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena, promises a showcase of elite grappling skills and will be available for streaming on UFC Fight Pass.
"Funk Master" Sterling, despite a recent loss in a UFC title bout against Sean O'Malley at UFC 292 in August, is stepping back into the grappling world for his second outing post-title fight. His victory over UFC veteran Mike Grundy at Polaris 25 in September displayed his prowess, and he’s now aiming for redemption in his upcoming match.
His opponent, Kevin Dantzler, boasts an impressive 5-0 record competing for Fury Pro Grappling. Notably, he secured a decision win over Sterling’s long-time teammate, Merab Dvalishvili, in October 2021. This impending clash between Sterling and Dantzler promises a test of skills and a chance for Sterling to avenge his teammate’s defeat.
The Fury Pro Grappling 8 card isn’t short on excitement either, featuring a lineup of past and present UFC contenders in high-stakes grappling bouts. Alexandr Romanov is set to lock horns with Chris Daukaus, Eryk Anders faces current CFFC middleweight champ Kyle Daukaus, while Pat Sabatini takes on Niko Price. Additionally, Charlie Campbell and Lee Moringo are geared up for an intense showdown.
The event holds particular significance for Sterling as he looks to further establish his grappling supremacy, showcasing his talents beyond the Octagon. While his UFC journey has seen its highs and lows, Sterling’s pursuit of excellence continues as he aims to conquer the grappling domain.
As the year draws to a close, the Fury Pro Grappling 8 promises a thrilling night of action-packed bouts, featuring a blend of seasoned UFC veterans and emerging grappling talents, with Sterling and Dantzler leading the charge in what could be a grappling spectacle to remember.