Sterling put his bantamweight title on the line as the MMA fighter sought to defend the belt for a fourth time. However, things did not go to plan as O’Malley stopped Sterling to end his nine-fight-win streak.
The defeat was a significant setback since Sterling’s attempts to move up to 145 pounds have now suffered somewhat. After all, it was Sterling’s first loss since he was stopped by Marlon Moraes in 2017.
That is why Sterling is keen to put things right.
“I would love to have a rematch. I don’t know which ways I’m going to go with things. I would first and foremost love a chance to run that back and just to get some definitive answers.
“I felt like the fight could’ve still kept going, to be honest,” Sterling said. “I rolled over to try to come back up, and as soon as he stepped in, I was fine. It was just one of those things. I can’t be mad at the ref. It is what it is,” Sterling
Nevertheless, O’Malley’s attention may be elsewhere. The champion has called out the boxer Gervonta Davis, who has recently been released from prison after he had violated the terms of his house arrest.
And now that ‘Tank’ is reportedly back in the gym, O’Malley wants to make the fight happen.
“I also wouldn’t mind knocking out Gervonta Davis, and I know people are gonna go, ‘Ahh, you want to be Conor (McGregor). I’m telling you, that fight is going to happen,” O’Malley
One man who has warned the MMA fighter against such a thing is Ryan Garcia. The latter is fully aware of what it takes to face Davis, having suffered a seventh-round defeat at his hands.
And given that Garcia was undefeated at the time, even his skills were not enough to get one over Davis. Naturally, ‘King Ryan’ advised O’Malley against the fight.
SUGA Sean you are good and all
But stop talking about this I’m going to box stuff
You’ll just get knocked out.
— RYAN GARCIA (@RyanGarcia) August 20, 2023