Potential Farewell Fight in Bantamweight: ALJAMAIN STERLING’s Bout Against Sean O’MALLEY
Direct your attention towards Aljamain Sterling‘s upcoming match against Sean O’Malley at UFC 292, as this might mark Aljo’s final appearance in the bantamweight division. The reigning UFC champion has expressed his desire to ascend to a higher weight class and challenge featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski.
Regardless of whether this bout at 135 lbs. signifies his ultimate contest in the division, the 34-year-old Sterling seemed to suggest that his time inside the Octagon could be limited moving forward.
ALJAMAIN STERLING’s Bout Against Sean O’MALLEY
“I think [it could be my last at 135]. I think I go out there, dominate O’Malley the way I think I’m gonna dominate him, send that naked mole rat back to wherever he’s from, the hole he crawled out of,” Sterling told Babcock on the “TMZ Sports” TV show (airs weekdays on FS1).
The bantamweight king continued … “We set our sights on Volkanovski. Go up to 145, cause some terror there. Win the belt, become champ-champ, and then from there, possibly defend the belt one or two times and maybe that’s all she wrote for the MMA career.”
Of course, in order to be double champ, Aljamain must defeat Suga on August 19 in Boston … a fight that’s been talked about for years.
“It’s cool to be going to Dana White’s backyard and bringing in a good show. We’re the headliners. We get to end the night, try to end the night on a good night, on a high night, and it’s an opportunity for me to really make more history, get another bag, and rob the bank.”
“I’m looking forward to robbing the bank vs. Sean O’Malley and showing Mr. High Fructose Corn Syrup why there’s levels to this game.”
If Sterling does ultimately retire from MMA in the near future, we asked him what he do as his second act.
“Maybe I start boxing after,” Aljo said, laughing.
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