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Sean O’Malley on Sterling’s UFC 300 win: I ‘saved’ bantamweight


Sean O’Malley didn’t discover Aljamain Sterling’s featherweight debut too entertaining.

Sterling (24-4 MMA, 16-4 UFC) scored a shutout of Calvin Kattar (23-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at UFC 300, the place he stifled him together with his grappling. The previous bantamweight champion, who misplaced his title to O’Malley by knockout, confirmed that his energy translated nicely to 145 kilos.

Bantamweight champion O’Malley (18-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) took a shot at Sterling’s efficiency.

“‘Aljo’ regarded good – he made Calvin look unhealthy,” O’Malley mentioned on his YouTube channel. “I feel it was 3 times, three totally different instances, the gang was booing. (Sterling was) simply taking him down, holding him down and simply holding him there, which, I imply, that’s simply his fashion. You understand, I saved the bantamweight division – that’s what I used to be about to say.”

Nevertheless, O’Malley acknowledged that massive issues are on the horizon for Sterling, who referred to as out Brian Ortega after his win. Sterling additionally talked about Movsar Evloev, who reciprocated the curiosity.

O’Malley agrees with that concept.

“However who do you go subsequent? When you would have went on the market and completed Calvin in spectacular vogue, then I’m like, ‘Rattling, you may get an enormous battle,’” O’Malley mentioned. “However after that – nonetheless, regardless whether or not folks love him or hate him, Aljo is considerably of a star and he will get a much bigger battle after that.

“Calvin is on a three-fight dropping streak. He’s just a little bit older. You win a boring choice, who do you give Aljo now within the featherweight division? What about Diego Lopes? They’ll most likely give him Movsar (Evloev).”

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