UFC 228’s Cody Stamann: People tired of T.J. Dillashaw, Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt show

In the past 20 months, there have been three UFC bantamweight title fights. That’s not enough, according to Cody Stamann.

The up-and-coming bantamweight, who next meets Aljamain Sterling at UFC 228, thinks there’s a “logjam” at the top of the division and wants to see pivotal matchups decided.

“Let’s fight and find out who the best guy is instead of sticking around one year and waiting for that shot,” Stamann (17-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie in advance of his fight with Sterling (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC), which serves on the FX-televised prelims of the card at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 8.

With talents like Raphael Assuncao, Marlon Moraes and ex-champ Dominick Cruz waiting in the wings, Stamann expects champ T.J. Dillashaw to put another hold on the division with a superfight against recently crowned flyweight champ Henry Cejudo.

Stamann believes it’s a good look for the bantamweight division and adds, “T.J. is going to smoke Cejudo.” At the same time, he’s glad he’s not in the immediate title picture. Waiting around makes him antsy.

“I think by the time I’m ready to be in that conversation, they’ve got this logjam cleared up,” he said.

Standing in his path right now is Sterling, with whom Stamann has bickered over the past several months as they’ve circled a fight. Eventually paired by the UFC, the pair’s verbal warfare has been little more than verbal calesthenics for Stamann, who admits “I’ve got a big-ass mouth for a little guy.”

Stamann lauds Sterling’s accomplishments in the octagon. And he starts off his interview by declaring: “(Expletive) that guy.”

It’s all part of a job that requires fighters to build interest. Without that, Stamann said, they can’t expect to advance their careers in a linear fashion.

Looking at Assuncao, who’s 11-1 since moving to bantamweight and recently almost begged the UFC for a title shot, Stamann believes the standout is missing opportunity because he’s neglecting his duties outside the cage.

“He doesn’t do anything,” Stamann said. “Part of your job is to market yourself and sell your fights. You’re not just an athlete, you’re an entertainer. I think a lot of guys forget that.

“I think Assuncao is really slacking on that part of his career, and that’s what’s holding him back. You don’t even have to talk (expletive).”

What you do need to do is keep talking, over and over. Stamann never turns down an interview opportunity. Like this one, it’s a chance to opine over the state of the sport, and to talk some smack.

Both things are helpful to his cause in the long run.

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