Following his victory over Henry Cejudo at UFC 288, bantamweight contender Aljamain Sterling opened the door for the possibility of a fight against bantamweight superstar Sean O’Malley. Dana White, president of the UFC, was thrilled by the possibility, and he thinks that the fight may take place at UFC Boston in 2023. White’s excitement was shared by every other fight fan as well.After his fight at UFC 288, Sterling didn’t waste any time getting ready for his next challenger, Sean O’Malley, who walked into the octagon just a few minutes into the defending bantamweight champion’s post-fight interview. There were brief escalations of tension within the cage, but they were immediately diffused by UFC security personnel.During the post-fight media scrum, Dana White made the assertion that the fight might be set for August at UFC 292, which will take place in Boston. Tapology projects that the UFC 292 event will take place in TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 19th of August, 2023. White made the following statement when asked about a possible date for the fight:
“Sean O’Malley is up next,” the speaker said. Probably in the month of August [when discussing a possible timeline].”It’s possible that the first fight that gets booked for UFC 292 will be Aljamain Sterling versus Sean O’Malley. This is assuming that everything goes according to plan, of course.
Now, Sterling has triumphed in each of his last nine fights. Since ‘Funk Master’ defeated Petr Yan by disqualification at UFC 259 in March 2021 to take the bantamweight championship belt, he has successfully defended it three times since then. Additionally, Sterling holds the record for the most victories in the history of the bantamweight division of the UFC with 14. He also holds the record for the longest current winning streak with nine wins in a row.
At the same time, Sean O’Malley was most recently seen competing inside of the octagon against Petr Yan at UFC 280. Although it was a big step up in competition for ‘Sugar,’ he demonstrated his worth by winning the back-and-forth fight by a split decision. This victory validated his position as the superior fighter.
UFC Boston 2023: Sean O’Malley believes that Aljamain Sterling lost to Henry Cejudo at UFC 288
At UFC 288, Henry Cejudo was unable to achieve his goal of becoming a two-time bantamweight champion after suffering a defeat at the hands of Aljamain Sterling via a split decision.
Two judges scored the fight 48-47 in favour of Sterling, but a third judge, Michael Bell, scored it 48-47 in favour of Cejudo, the challenger. The mixed martial arts world as a whole was of the opinion that Henry Cejudo had triumphed in the fifth round, however the score that was given by UFC judge Derek Cleary gave the round to Sterling. The controversial scoring made it more difficult for Cejudo to win back the bantamweight title she had previously held.
During the post-fight media scrum, Sean O’Malley, who will almost certainly confront Sterling again in the near future, possibly at UFC 292, made the allegation that Henry Cejudo won the fight:
“I believed Henry had a 3-1 lead going into the fifth,” you said. To tell you the truth, I was somewhat taken aback when Aljo came out on top. I believed that Henry had accomplished everything that was required of him.