There’s just one win remaining for Sean O’Malley to taste UFC gold, and he wants to make it a “shocker” when he takes on Aljamain Sterling at UFC Boston later this year.
I know what I’m getting into: Sean O’Malley
“Sugar” is expected to be the next in line to challenge Sterling’s Bantamweight belt, which “Funkmaster” just defended against the returning Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 288 last weekend.
Following his split decision win over Cejudo, Sterling was approached by O’Malley in the cage to ignite a grudge between the two, as a future title fight between the two gets underway.
While making a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, O’Malley acknowledged that while the odds would be stacked against him in the fight, he is ready to “shock the world” taking on Sterling.
“If anything, I would say his gas tank,” said O’Malley regarding Sterling’s most appreciable abilities. “Keeping up with Henry for five rounds, that was more impressive than anything. I understand how dangerous of an opponent Aljo is. I know his strengths, I know his weaknesses, he could be considered the greatest bantamweight of all time right now with his resume, so I know what I’m getting into. I’m very excited for the challenge and I do believe I have the ability and the skills to go out there and shock the world because I do believe I’m going to be a massive underdog.”
“I think when you look at who he’s beat and how his style is, very grappling heavy, I haven’t really fought a really, really good grappler yet inside the octagon,” he went on. “Obviously, I train with absolute killers. I understand where the strengths and weaknesses are and I do believe I have the skills and I think the outside perspective will be Aljo’s going go out there and do what he did to Cory [Sandhagen]. We’ve got kind of similar body types, so I’ve just got to last longer than 12 seconds, than Cory, and it’s a win. Just jokes.” [H/T MMA Fighting]
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