Sean O’Malley doubts future featherweight move for uFC rival Aljamain Sterling: ‘He’s insecure’

Sean O'Malley doubts featherweight move for Aljamain Sterling he's insecure UFC

Despite plans to make a return to the Octagon at the featherweight limit following his championship loss back in August, Aljamain Sterling’s earmarked divisional leap has been shunned by former foe and rival, Sean O’Malley – who claims the Uniondale native is “too insecure” to make a climb to the featherweight limit.

O’Malley, the current undisputed bantamweight champion, headlined UFC 292 back in August in Boston, Massachusetts, landing a stunning second round knockout win over the dominant, Sterling – bringing his record-setting run atop the divisional throne come to a shocking end.

Slated to make his return at UFC 299 in March of next year, Montana striking ace, O’Malley is set to take main event honors in a championship fight rematch against Marlon Vera, attempting to avenge a prior 2020 knockout loss to the Ecuadorian in his sole professional mixed martial arts loss.

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And as for Sterling, the Serra-Longo MMA staple has announced he plans to make good on a rumored featherweight move in his return to the Octagon, revealing a recent offer to fight Boston native, Calvin Kattar in a division move.

However, the former champion has weighed up a comeback on the same card as O’Malley at UFC 299 in March instead, suggesting a title-eliminator against former champion, Max Holloway in a featherweight debut.

Sean O’Malley brands Aljamain Sterling “insecure”

As far as Dana White’s Contender Series alum, O’Malley is concerned, however, insecurities will eventually stop Sterling from making a climb to 145 pounds.

“He’ll (Aljamain Sterling) probably go back to ‘35 [135 pounds], just because he’s insecure and he wants to be stronger and bigger than these guys,” Sean O’Malley told MMA Fighting. “Why else would he not fight at ‘45?” 

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“It’s not like his skills aren’t there,” Sean O’Malley explained. “His skills, he’s good. Not as good as me, but he’s good. You know what I mean? He could go up to ‘45, I think he’d go fine up there.” 

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