Sean O’Malley annoyed as Aljamain Sterling has ‘built-in excuse’ for upcoming title fight at UFC 292

Sean O'Malley and Aljamain Sterling are set to fight later this August at UFC 292.

Sean O’Malley annoyed as Aljamain Sterling has ‘built-in excuse’ for upcoming title fight at UFC 292

Aljamain Sterling and Sean O'Malley recently had their face-off before UFC 292( Image source: L- Instagram R- Twitter )

Sean O’Malley and Aljamain Sterling are set to face off for a title fight at UFC 292, later this August. Sterling claims that he is being coerced into the fight, after just defending his title last May. O’Malley dismissed his statement as nothing but mere excuses.


At a UFC 290 interview, Sean O’Malley expressed his scepticism toward Sterling’s statements. “He’s been very vocal, he’s got some kind of bicep injury or something,” O’Malley said. “He said that before the last fight against Henry…It’s a built-in excuse”. He believes Sterling issues such excuses to build himself a fallback in case of any incompetency in the fight. O’Malley said that if he beat him, Sterling would blame his injury for losing the fight.

O’Malley views Sterling’s comments as a preemptive measure to safeguard his reputation should he experience a loss in the fight. Nevertheless, O’Malley concedes that Sterling is likely taking the matchup seriously and recognizes the level of danger he poses. “He’s going to make the fight. He’s going to get paid, he’s going to make it there,” O’Malley commented. “We’ll see how he shows up,…I expect the best Aljamain to show up.”

O’Malley acknowledged that he is the underdog in this encounter. He believes the odds are justified based on the fighters’ respective resumes. “Look at who he’s beat, look at the guys he’s beat in the last four, five fights,” O’Malley noted. “My best win is over Petr Yan… So, looking at it like that, it makes sense.”


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Sean O’Malley speaks on defeating UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling

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Sean O’Malley confronting Aljamain Sterling in the octagon ( Image source: Getty Images )

O’Malley recalled his own previous fight against Yan, where he was also seen as the underdog. He draws motivation from the odds stacked against him. “I think they were even worse at one point,” O’Malley remarked. “It fuels me. It’s exciting…”.

He finds it thrilling to step into the cage and face the world’s top bantamweight. O’Malley stands with a professional record of 16 wins,1 loss, and 1 no-contest. Meanwhile, Aljamain Sterling stands with a professional record of 23 wins and 3 losses. O’Malley ranks #2 on the UFC’s bantamweight rankings. Meanwhile, Sterling is the Bantamweight Champion and ranks #6 on the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings. “I go out there and put his lights out, what does that make me?” O’Malley said.

The anticipation for the O’Malley versus Sterling fight continues to mount as fans eagerly await the outcome. Will Sterling’s alleged injuries hinder his performance, or will Sean O’Malley defy expectations and cement his status as a prominent bantamweight contender? Time will reveal the answers as both fighters prepare themselves for an exhilarating showdown in the octagon. The fight will commence in August at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.


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