Aljamain Sterling analyzes Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera: “I’m not sure who to pick”

Aljamain Sterling shares his thoughts on Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera.

by Aryan Lakhani
Aljamain Sterling analyzes Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera: “I’m not sure who to pick”
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The UFC 299 card is stacked with some of the most interesting match ups, the main event is a title fight between Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera. Both fighters previously faced each other in 2020; Marlon Vera remains to be the only contender who was successful in giving Sean O’Malley a taste of defeat.

The rematch is scheduled to take place on 9th March. The whole world is waiting to see if history repeats. O’Malley is looking at this as an opportunity to avenge his loss. The former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is a little confused about the outcome of the fight, but all he’s concerned about is his friend Merab Dvalishvili making it to the top.

Aljamain Sterling on Sean O’Malley vs Marlon Vera 2

Recently on The MMA Hour, Aljamain Sterling tried breaking down the rematch between Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera. “‘Chito’ doesn’t have the wrestling background, but if [O’Malley] trips and slips on a banana peel again, he hurts his big toe, and Sean ends up on his back, I think the fight ends the same exact way it did in the first time,” Sterling said, as quoted by “I know he was saying, ‘Oh, I was killing you in like 30 seconds of the fight.’ I mean, Leon Edwards was losing to [Kamaru] Usman for all of 20 minutes until he wasn’t, so I hate that narrative of, the fight’s not over until the freaking fight’s over.

So again, that’s a tough one. I’m not sure who to pick in this one. I think Chito’s a little bit more proven and more tested, and that can be the difference. I just think at some point you’ve got to be real with yourself in your analysis when you’re approaching these fights, and I just hope Sean is doing the right things to get himself prepared for this.

May the best man win. I don’t have a dog in the race. I really don’t care as long as Merab [Dvalishvili] gets the next crack in the title”.

Aljamain Sterling