In the main event of UFC 292, Sean O’Malley secured the bantamweight championship by delivering a TKO victory over Aljamain Sterling. O’Malley’s impressive performance involved a powerful counter right hand that led to the referee stopping the contest in the second round.
O’Malley admitted feeling significant nervousness prior to the fight due to the reputation of his opponent, Aljamain Sterling, who he considered one of the best bantamweights in history. Despite his nerves, O’Malley remained confident in his striking abilities, particularly his right hand.
Throughout the opening round, both fighters engaged in a competitive exchange, with O’Malley utilizing striking techniques from a distance, and Sterling employing kicks. The first round concluded with Sterling attempting a takedown that O’Malley defended effectively.
As the fight resumed in the second round, Sterling intensified his attack. However, O’Malley found an opening and landed a powerful right-hand punch that dropped Sterling to the canvas. Seizing the opportunity, O’Malley continued to strike, prompting the referee to intervene when Sterling rolled to protect himself from further damage. Sterling acknowledged O’Malley’s impressive performance, acknowledging his elusiveness and ability to control the distance in the fight.
Following his title victory, O’Malley expressed his determination to establish a dominant era in the bantamweight division. He confidently stated his intention to continue his success, specifically mentioning his desire to face “Chito” Vera in his next fight and expressing his willingness to do so in December at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.