‘Wrong Game Plan’- Sean O’Malley Says Aljamain Sterling Failed Mentally Against Petr Yan

Published 01/10/2022, 5:45 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Marlon Vera of Ecuador 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)|GettyImages


One of the most highly anticipated matchups this year is Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan. Both men have been booked for a rematch for the bantamweight title at UFC 272.

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The fierce rivals first met each other at UFC 259. It was a fight everyone was excited about and it didn’t disappoint until its controversial ending. Sterling seemed to be getting the better of Yan in the early exchanges. However, the champion then got into his groove and looked like he would get an easy win.

However, he landed an illegal knee in the fourth round, which led to a disqualification.

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Since then, both men have taken shots at each other whenever given the opportunity and now they will finally be able to settle it inside the octagon. UFC’s top prospect, Sean O’Malley, talked about the upcoming title fight and if he thinks it would be like the first fight.

He said, “I do-ish but I also think Aljamain is smart. He’s smart, he’s not a stupid guy, he’s very, very high level, his resume speaks for itself. I think he went in with the wrong game plan. He went in there and gassed out in a couple of rounds. If you watch Petr’s fights, you know he’s going to cruise for a little bit, trying to figure out and start putting on the pressure in the later rounds. He does that every fight.”

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“Aljamain Sterling’s got to see that, gotta recognize that and come in with a different game plan. I think Aljamain has skills, and he has the skills, he could beat Petr. I don’t necessarily see that happening, but I’m not counting him out. He’s a top bantamweight for a reason and I think it’s going to be a very interesting fight.”

Sean O’Malley believes he’s the biggest draw in the bantamweight division

UFC’s bantamweight division is one of the most stacked divisions in the promotion. It has some amazing fighters in it, and according to O’Malley, he’s the biggest draw of them all.

‘Suga’ is definitely one of the most recognizable faces in the MMA world right now. He is an exciting fighter and also has a great online presence. Fans tune in to watch him, no matter what he does and is also considered the next big thing in the division.

Aljamain Sterling is the current UFC bantamweight champion and will face the interim champion, Petr Yan, at UFC 272. After the fight between the two was made official, ‘Funk Master‘ put up a video on his Instagram. In the video, he could be seen holding his title and singing about how he’s going to beat ‘No Mercy‘ when they meet. And according to Michael Bisping, it’s the ‘cringiest thing’ he’s ever seen.

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However, when asked if O’Malley had seen the video. His reply was he hadn’t and said, “I didn’t see it. I’m gonna go watch it 100 percent after this but I didn’t see it. And that’s the thing, I post a cringy video, everyone’s gonna see it. The champ post the video, someone who’s on social media quite a bit. I didn’t see it and that kind of speaks for, you know, numbers talk. And I think, right now, when you talk about who has the biggest draw in the bantamweight division, I truly believe that’s me.”

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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