Aljamain Sterling has repeatedly spoken about making a jump to the featherweight division, and at this point, it seems to be inevitable. Sterling wants to fight in the featherweight division because it is closer to his natural weight.
Perhaps his next fight could be against a featherweight contender; interestingly, he recently addressed that he would love to fight Sean O’Malley in the featherweight division. A rematch between Sean O’Malley and Aljamain Sterling could happen in the near future.
For now, O’Malley will make his first title defense against Marlon Vera on 9th March 2024, and Sterling is yet to announce his next fight.
Aljamain Sterling on fighting O’Malley at 145
In a recent YouTube video, Aljamain Sterling explained why he prefers fighting at 145 and revealed that he would love to fight Sean O’Malley at featherweight.
“I just have a tough time making the weight although I do make it,” Sterling said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “It’s just never easy, and I never felt like I was big enough for 145, but we’ll see.
I did some testing and all things point to I should be making a switch over and if I do or have the success that I’ve had at 135, there’s always the potential collision course between O’Malley and myself again at 145.
I’d be very, very ecstatic to have that matchup again. Especially where I’m not rushed and I’m monitoring my training because I’m training around injuries that literally just happened from a fight I just had with one of the greatest of all time.
Sterling further said: “It’s annoying because when I talk about it, the real fans know, but I don’t want it to come off like making excuses. That just annoys myself, but I would like to fight him on an even playing field”.