“Give me my rematch or…” Aljamain Sterling issues vital ultimatum to Sean O’Malley amid accusations of ducking top contenders

Aljamain Sterling implores reigning champ Sean O'Malley to man-up to top contenders and give him his title rematch. O'Malley intends to skip Sterling and face someone else.


“Give me my rematch or…” Aljamain Sterling issues vital ultimatum to Sean O’Malley amid accusations of ducking top contenders

Aljamain Sterling once again called out Sean O'Malley for a title rematch (via Imago)

Aljamain Sterling remains focused on rematching Sean O’Malley for the bantamweight title. Aljamain Sterling took on O’Malley at UFC 292 and lost via TKO in the second round. Now, Sterling wanted the 135-pound title defender to focus on prime challengers for the title (like him) instead of the lower downs.

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After picking up a win against Mike Grundy in a grappling match in Polaris 25, Sterling called out the new bantamweight champion. “I’ve got a message for Mr. ‘Sugar Tits,’ because he’s still that to me,” said Sterling. Apparently, “Suga” Sean O’Malley declined the option to rematch Aljamain Sterling. Aljamain continued, “Hey, give me my rematch or fight Merab. It’s that simple. Stop ducking the top contenders, and be a man and be a real champ, and fight the best of the best. That’s what I did. Now you need to turn around and do the same exact sh*t”. Meanwhile, O’Malley remains adamant that his defense has to be against Marlon “Chito” Vera, as he feels it will excite him and the fans.

After claiming the 135-pound championship at UFC 292, O’Malley turned his attention to Marlon Vera. O’Malley remains focused on avenging the only loss of his professional MMA career. However, Vera is not a top-ranked contender and also does not have a winning streak. Contenders like Cory Sandhagen and Merab Dvalishvili have a better resume to compete for the title.

Who O’Malley might face ultimately is still shrouded in mystery, but Sterling took every opportunity to be as vocal about a rematch. Sterling is arguably the greatest bantamweight champion of all time. He deserves a title rematch. However, the UFC might go in another direction as the fight between Vera and O’Malley has an incredible storyline.

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Sean O’Malley’s perfect right hand helped him win the title at UFC 292

Joe Rogan has praised O’Malley for his sensational right-hand power. This won him his bantamweight title at UFC 292 in Boston. Others have also praised the shot-perfection. Daniel Cormier compared it to being par with Conor McGregor’s famous and notorious knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194. O’Malley defeated Sterling in the second round of their title fight.

Sean O'Malley knocked out Aljamain Sterling to become the bantamweight champion
Sean O’Malley knocked out Aljamain Sterling to become the bantamweight champion (Image Courtesy – Twitter MMA)

O’Malley has insane KO power, as witnessed in his fight against Sterling. He can effectively counterstrike at a high level. People considered Petr Yan as the best boxer in the bantamweight division. However, when Yan fought O’Malley, the Russian fighter did not want to stand and strike with O’Malley. Instead, he used wrestling techniques to gain the advantage. O’Malley’s crisp striking technique hurt Yan in various moments of the fight. Similarly, it became his biggest strength against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292.

On the other hand, Sterling has not been overtly fond of the outcome of it all. He had called out O’Malley for ducking a rematch. Sterling deemed the result as a perfect one for Dana White and the UFC. O’Malley is a bigger star, and the UFC could capitalize on his marketability. Sterling also threw shade on the bantamweight pairing of O’Malley and Marlon “Chito” Vera. Sterling did not like the approach and dissed it as some WWE sport with a story-driven plot and old rivalries blooming.

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