‘Shut the F**k Up’- Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera Rips Aljamain Sterling for Calling his Win Over Sean O’Malley ‘Fluke-ish’

Published 04/07/2021, 1:46 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Marlon Vera of Ecuador poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling has caused quite a stir online after coming out on Twitter throwing shots. Sterling put an MMA website on blast for putting out an article in his name with a click-bait title. The article brought out a response from the MMA publication and also made 135-pound contender Marlon Vera clap back.

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Chiefly, the article included Aljamain Sterling labeling ‘Chito’s victory over Sean O’Malley as fluke-ish, and this didn’t bode well with Vera. The Ecuadorean fighter took to social media and brought Sterling’s title win at UFC 259 into question. ‘The Funkmaster’ captured the title via DQ after being hit with an ‘Illegal knee to a downed opponent’ by Petr Yan.

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Vera didn’t take kindly to Sterling’s summary of his fight against Sean O’Malley which was certainly controversial for its time. However, there’s no denying that Aljamain Sterling’s win at UFC 259 over Yan was much more contentious overall. In fact, it was the first time that a belt changed hands by disqualification in UFC history.

UFC 252: A look back at Marlon Vera’s victory

Vera became the first man to hand Sean O’Malley a loss in MMA, a feat that continues to age very well with time. However, O’Malley continues to claim that he’s still undefeated despite suffering a defeat and this has dampened Vera’s win. Looking at the way things transpired during the fight, it’s easy to see why that would be the case.

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The bout didn’t get past the first round, and the initial moments saw both men look to gauge distance and timing. Vera landed a low kick to O’Malley’s lead leg that immobilized ‘Sugar’ for the rest of the fight. Marlon Vera capitalized on Sean O’Malley’s compromised state and landed brutal elbows on a grounded opponent.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Vera’s well-placed kick landed right on Sean O’Malley’s perennial nerve, which made his entire leg shut down instantly. Chiefly, this comes in as the principal reason why Vera’s win has been criticized by Sterling and O’Malley alike. However, as it stands on his record, it is certainly a legitimate scalp over a top contender.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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