Oct 22, 2022; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Sean O'Malley (blue gloves) defeats Petr Yan (red gloveS) during UFC 280 at Etihad Arena. Mandatory Credit: Craig Kidwell-USA TODAY Sports

O’Malley Skeptical of Sterling’s Move to Featherweight Division

Sean O'Malley questions Aljamain Sterling's potential shift to the featherweight division (145 pounds)

Sean O’Malley expressed doubts about Aljamain Sterling’s potential move to the 145-pound featherweight class, citing psychological reasons.

O’Malley, the current UFC bantamweight champion, remarked on Sterling’s capabilities and the viability of him competing in a heavier weight class. Sterling, known as “Funkmaster,” has been considering the move to featherweight after undergoing physical assessments at the UFC Performance Institute. He has been offered a fight against featherweight contender Calvin Kattar, weighing the decision carefully. Despite O’Malley’s acknowledgment of Sterling’s skills, he remains skeptical of Sterling’s mental readiness for such a transition. O’Malley, who defeated Sterling at UFC 292 to claim the title, believes Sterling’s insecurities might lead him back to the bantamweight division. Sterling, a record-breaking champion in the bantamweight division, holds numerous benchmarks, including the most divisional wins. His next career move is eagerly anticipated by fans and analysts alike, as he deliberates on competing in the featherweight division.

Sterling’s decision on whether to transition to the featherweight division remains a topic of interest in the MMA community.

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