Aljamain Sterling reveals who should be next for Sean O’Malley

Aljamain Sterling believes Marlon Vera shouldn't get an opportunity to fight Sean O'Malley for the title.

by Aryan Lakhani
Aljamain Sterling reveals who should be next for Sean O’Malley
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Sean O’Malley created history by becoming the new UFC bantamweight champion of the world. Fight fans are wondering who Sean O’Malley will defend his belt against, and from the looks of it, Marlon Vera seems to be next.

The former champion Aljamain Sterling is absolutely against Marlon Vera vs Sean O’Malley as he believes Vera doesn’t deserve the opportunity. Sterling does not seem to be hungry for a rematch; if he’s not given the opportunity to fight Sean O’Malley next, he wants the UFC to give Merab Dvalishvili a title shot.

Aljamain Sterling might move to the featherweight division and make a fresh start; more details on the next bantamweight title fight should be publicly disclosed in the upcoming weeks.

Aljamain Sterling on Marlon Vera vs Sean O’Malley

Recently, on the MMA Hour, Aljamain Sterling shared his thoughts on a possible match between Marlon Vera and Sean O’Malley.

Sterling then spoke about who should get the next title shot and his future plans. “Chito’s No. 6, dude, I don’t even...there’s a story line,” Sterling said as quoted by “We signed [to merge with] the WWE...why are we making this a WWE sport? But the fact that we’re going to skip over everybody else and go to No.

6, when there’s a guy who literally, let’s be honest, he kicked Petr Yan’s ass way worse than I did, way worse than Sean O’Malley did. Why is he not next? There’s a storyline. He still has the jacket”.

Sterling further said: “And if I’m not gonna be the guy to challenge for the belt again at 135, [Dvalishvili] has paid his dues, he’s fought everybody that the UFC has put in front of him. Merab Dvalishvili, how do you not give him an opportunity to make history be the first Georgian champion ever? If I’m not getting a rematch, problem solved, Merab is next, and then maybe I just **** off and go 145”.

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