The recent UFC 288 event was nothing less than entertaining; the card was stacked with exciting matches, and as soon as the main event got over, Sean O’Malley was asked to square off against the defending bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling and in doing so, something very interesting happened Merab Dvalishvili wore Sean O’Malley’s red jacket and the whole scene went viral on social media.
As far as rankings are concerned, Dvalishvili is one step ahead of Sean O’Malley and is currently ranked 1st in the bantamweight division. He is on a terrific winning streak and hasn’t lost a match since 2018, we can expect him to fight against Henry Cejudo next, and maybe the winner of that gets a title shot.
The UFC has made it pretty clear that Aljamain Sterling will be defending his belt against Sean O’Malley; in case if he pulls outs due to injury-related issues, Merab Dvalishvili or Henry Cejudo can be expected to serve as replacements.
Sean O’Malley on the after fight incident
The 2nd ranked contender Sean O’Malley speaks about Merab Dvalishvili wearing his red jacket when he was facing off against Aljamain Sterling after the end of the match.
He speaks about this on his YouTube channel, The Timbo Sugar Show. “That sucks though — Merab’s beat good guys, he’s had a good career, and no one gives a f***,” O’Malley said, as quoted by mmafighting.com.
“The most exciting thing to ever happen to him was me giving him my jacket to hold, and it’s like he’s running [with it]. He bought a replica, he’s wearing it. He’s trying to do as many interviews as he can.
He’s like, ‘Holy f***, this is what it feels like to have anyone give a f*** about me”.
O’Malley further said:“It’s like, dude, that was three weeks ago, bud. Take it off. It’s not even the real one. It’s the f***ing fake one that you bought, bud”.