“I Don’t Think I’m…”- Despite His Only Loss Coming 3 Years Ago, Sean O’Malley Makes a Massive Claim Ahead for Aljamain Sterling Fight at UFC 292

Published 08/13/2023, 8:10 AM EDT

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After seven victories and five finishes in the UFC, Sean O’Malley is finally getting a title shot against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. The only loss O’Malley suffered in his MMA career was against Marlon Vera in 2020. With 18 wins, 1 loss, and 1 NC in his entire MMA career, O’Malley surely has the potential to etch his name in the history books as one of the best bantamweights ever. Moreover, his road to the title shot has been very eventful, to say the least.

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In October 2022, the UFC fighter fought Petr Yan and won via a controversial split decision. This victory took ‘Sugar’ from #11 to #1 in the UFC bantamweight rankings. Then, instead of going for an immediate title shot, O’Malley waited for some time. Now, with less than a remaining for UFC 292, O’Malley has made some intriguing comments about his MMA career.

Sean O’Malley makes a bold claim about his MMA career

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In a candid interview with TMZSports, O’Malley reflected on his fighting journey. He humbly downplayed the idea of being in his prime, asserting he was still far from it. Moreover, ‘Sugar’ acknowledged his substantial growth and improvement, attributing it to the presence of skilled fighters in his gym.

“Yeah, I don’t think I’m in my prime. I think I’m definitely improving a lot, I’m still getting better for sure. We have so many killers at the gym”, he said. Further, he underlined the significance of continual progress to maintaining prime performance, recognizing that stagnation could lead to decline.

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“Once you stop improving, that’s probably when you’re starting to decline and get out of your prime,” he said. “But right now you know I’m improving a lot, I still have a lot to learn. I definitely don’t think I’m in my prime,” he added. O’Malley’s perspective exemplified his dedication amidst his upcoming title fight against Aljamain Sterling.

Is Aljamain Sterling in his prime? Answers Sean O’Malley

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Further dwelling into the conversation, O’Malley made it clear that he thinks his next opponent is in his prime. Further, the 28-year-old oozed confidence as he spoke about defeating Sterling in his prime!

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“I do believe Aljamain Sterling did hit his prime, which would make it this much sweeter. To go out there and put his lights out while he’s in his prime”, he said. With a few days left for this ultimate showdown, fans are excited to see who comes out on top.

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Do you think Sean O’Malley can dethrone Aljamain Sterling? Or will Sterling prove too much for ‘Sugar’? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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