Aljamain Sterling Shares Thoughts On Stacked UFC 299 Card And Sean O’Malley – “It’s Actually Comical”

Former UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is not holding his opinion back on what he thinks of the upcoming UFC 299 card.

UFC 299 will go down on March 9th in Miami, Florida, and is set to feature Sean O’Malley defending his 135-pound title for the first time since dethroning Sterling back in August. Ready to Square off with O’Malley, Marlon Vera became the only fighter to have beaten “Sugar” Sean when the pair initially fought in August 2020.

On a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Sterling shared his opinion on the UFC 299 main event, and alluded to the organization stacking the card with other big names in an effort to further build O’Malley’s.

“In terms of styles, it’s still a good fight. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to watch. It’s just kind of funny that the UFC felt the need to stack this card so much to make it feel like Sean is the draw,” Sterling said Monday on The MMA Hour. “It’s actually comical, because I know people were kind of trying to s*** on the [UFC] 300 [card]. I’m like, well, a lot of those fights that people probably would’ve wanted [for UFC 300] were on 299, for whatever reason. It doesn’t take much to kind of draw conclusions — [if] you want to build somebody up, you build [them] up and you bring the other eyeballs with all these other people.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

Looking ahead to UFC 300 in April, Sterling will look to rebound from his second round knockout loss to O’Malley, which was his first defeat in his last 10 UFC appearances. Following the loss of his title, Sterling decided to move up in weight, and is now planned to compete at 145-pounds versus Calvin Kattar (23-7) at the organization’s monumental event.

Additionally, Sterling gave his opinion of how the UFC 299 main event between O’Malley and Vera might play out, hinting that if the fight goes the distance, he is leaning towards “Chito” to come out on top.

“I think ‘Chito’ has to play the long game, and I think while playing the long game, he needs to chip away, and I think his gas tank will start to take over and I think his durability will start to take over,” Sterling said. “I don’t think Sean is as durable and I don’t think mentally he’s as tough. I think the jury’s still out. Again, if he wants to say, ‘Well, I beat the greatest bantamweight,’ just to make himself feel better — I mean, it’s between myself and Dom [Cruz] at this point — but if he wants to use that as like, ‘Well, what does that mean about you?’ I’m just calling it how I see it. I’m looking at his fights from the past where he got hit and then he kind of just rolled over. The one with ‘Chito,’ the Andre Soukhamthath.

“There’s fights that you can look at and be like, I’m not sure where he’s really at. In a five-round fight that goes a distance, if it goes a distance, I think ‘Chito’ gets stronger.”

(h/t MMAFighting.com)

While Vera does have the 2020 win over O’Malley, the current champion has grown a lot as a fighter since that first bout, and his improvements will no doubt be on display at UFC 299 on March 9th.

 

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