- Aljamain Sterling revealed his honest take on Sean O’Malley following his title fight win over Henry Cejudo at UFC 288
- Aljo claims “Sugar” will just end up like Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 the moment they take on each other
Moments after retaining his bantamweight title with a split decision win over Henry Cejudo, Aljamain Sterling had a brief yet heated faceoff with Sean O’Malley. When asked about it in his post-fight presser, “Funk Master” detailed how he would easily finish “Sugar” in one round.
Sean is no better than Henry
According to Sterling, if a world-class fighter in Cejudo failed to stop him, what more could people expect from a “frail” O’Malley.
“My thoughts on Sean O’Malley is that motherf*cker is frail. Frail! You think if I can take down a short stocky guy like Henry, who’s actually a gold medalist ( in Olympic wrestling) and actually has good takedown defense, what am I going to do to Sean O’Malley? Let’s be honest here, guys,” Sterling began.
“Yeah, he’s been promised a title shot, but he opted not to take the title shot and gave Henry a chance to come back and make history. Now there’s no more running. You either want to swim with the big boys or you don’t. If not, get the f*ck out of the pool or go up a weight class or some sh*t,” he continued. “Don’t keep sitting around here talking and barking and not saddling it up and taking the opportunities that are given this is what the sport’s all about, you take the opportunities that are given to you. I guarantee you, we step in there and I fold that man in half in one round.”
Aljo called it
At UFC 250 in 2020, Sterling submitted Cory Sandhagen via rear-naked choke in one round. It is considered the best performance of his UFC career thus far. With O’Malley now his next challenger, “Funk Master” said make no mistake he’ll do the same exact thing he did to Sandhagen to “Sugar.”
“Same thing I did to Sandhagen,” Sterling assessed. “Go out there, pressure forward, he’s going to use his footwork, I’m going to cut off the cage like I was just talking about, eventually he’s going to be on his back foot, let him throw a stupid kick, that I’m gonna catch, I’m gonna body lock him, I’m gonna fold him in half like a lawn chair, and that’s gonna be the fight. Signed, sealed, delivered.”
The win over Cejudo is Sterling’s third successful title defense. UFC president Dana White already confirmed that O’Malley will be the champion’s next opponent in a title fight likely to happen in August.
Sterling has long been aware that a fight with O’Malley means a huge payday. But on the other hand, he also has plans of moving up to featherweight.