Aljamain Sterling vs Sean O’Malley: Dana Whites confirms title “fight is on” amid injury crisis to UFC bantamweight champion

Reigning Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling was scheduled to take on ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley for the UFC 292 main event. However, the ‘Funkmaster’ was uncertain about his participation in the event suspecting health reasons. Despite this, while speaking about the upcoming highly anticipated bantamweight title fight, Dana White claimed the contrary.

Sean O’Malley is getting ready for a title fight, thus the Funk Master already has a new assignment ahead of him after defeating Henry Cejudo. O’Malley is arguably one of the best fighters in the bantamweight class and many fans have been anticipating this matchup

Dana Whites reaffirms the title “fight is on” despite injury concerns

The UFC 292 main event title battle was discussed by Dana at the UFC Vegas 73 post-fight press conference. Due to Sterling’s health issues, there are concerns about the fight actually taking place. However, UFC President is fairly certain that the bout will go on as scheduled. 

“I think we got his manager on the phone and stuff like that, it’s just Aljo’s one of those guys that just can’t get out of his own way. Apparently, he’s in for the fight. Why he said that, who knows? The fight is on. The fight is absolutely, positively on.” Dana said. 

The current bantamweight champion Sterling defeated the former two-division champion Henry Cejudo in the main event of UFC 288 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After the fight, Sean was called out inside the Octagon by Aljo and the two fighters had an early staredown. 

How did the Sterling vs O’Malley fight come to be?

Dana White earlier announced that Sugar Sean and The Funk Master would fight on Saturday, August 19, 2023, in Boston’s TD Garden following the post-fight news conference for UFC 288. Sterling is apparently set to defend his title for the fourth time in the main event of UFC 292.

Sean rose to the top of the Bantamweight division by defeating Petr Yan. As far as top contenders go, Merab Dvalishvili would probably be the frontrunner but his refusal to fight Aljamain opened up the spot for other contenders. This is how the ‘Suger’ show got his chance at 135 lb glory against Aljo.

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As a passionate UFC enthusiast, Khandaker Muntasir Hossain provides coverage of MMA, wrestling, and boxing on multiple platforms. With his deep knowledge of sports, he immerses readers in the excitement of various arenas, whether it's the octagon, squared circle, pitch, court, or ring. Through his writing and love for sports, he aims to motivate others to explore their own sporting interests and experience the magic that sports bring.


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