The match between Sean O'Malley and Aljamain Sterling attracts everyone's attention. Sterling will have the opportunity to defend his title, and on the other hand, he will have a not-easy opponent. Al Iaquinta, a former UFC fighter, gave predictions about this match.
Although Sterling was not satisfied with this match and the fact that he will not have much rest after the fight with Cejudo in May, it seems that Aljo has recharged his batteries and is ready for the show! “Aljo is looking great.
He probably would have went either way but I think that the fact that he’s feeling really good, he’s put in the work,” Iaquinta said on the Anik & Florian Podcast, as quoted by mmajunkieusatoday.com “Right after that last fight, they kind of threw him right into this one.
He was unsure how he would feel at this point. And I think we were all just like, ‘Aljo, a couple of weeks from now you’re going to be like, “Wow, I’m ready to go,”‘ and that’s exactly what happened.
He took those two weeks off, he came back and now he’s in shape. He’s looking like an absolute monster, the best he’s looked in the gym, so he’s going into this one super confident. I think stylistically, it’s a great fight for him”.
Al Iaquinta's predictions
Al Iaquinta is not optimistic about O'Malley's chances in this match. The once-great UFC fighter believes that Sterling will be by far the toughest challenge for Sean in his career. Iaquinta encouraged what advantages Sterling has in this fight.
However, everyone knows very well who Sean is, and that he really has the potential to surprise in this match. It will be interesting to see the final outcome. “I know for a fact that O’Malley has never fought anyone near as good as Aljo, as tricky as Aljo, as cerebral in the cage as Aljo and as unorthodox.
He’s never seen the striking. He’s never seen the movement – in every facet of the game. And then you get to his bread and butter – the grappling. God forbid this guy gets ahold of him. It’s not going to look good for O’Malley”.
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