Sterling Wants The O’Malley Rematch, Backs Dvalishvili For The Title Shot If It Doesn’t Happen
Sterling’s nine-fight-win streak came to an end after he was stopped by O’Malley in the ninth round. As a result, O’Malley became the new BMF title holder.
In the aftermath, Sterling indicated his desire to have a rematch. However, O’Malley’s intentions showed that he was looking elsewhere as he shockingly called for a fight with boxer Gervonta Davis.
O’Malley On Davis
“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
Therefore, if Sterling cannot grab a rematch, he would be happy to see Merab Dvalishvili get his shot at the title. The latter is a close friend and stablemate of Sterling.
Sterling On O’Malley
“But if I’m not going to get the rematch, the next guy in line has to be Merab Dvalishvili. He has to be. He’s the No. 1 contender. I don’t think any other matchup makes more scene than him. Clearly, the other guys that are on the sideline, they’re hurt. It’s going to be interesting to see what the UFC does, but I think that’s the most logical matchup,” Sterling
Nevertheless, even if Sterling does not get the rematch, he has plenty of things to consider. Prior to facing O’Malley, it was clear that Sterling had intentions of moving up to featherweight.
“This is more than likely my last fight at 135. There’s a 99% chance it’s my last… If I win this, for sure, I’m out of here,” Sterling
But if his loss were to go without being rectified, would Sterling get a shot at the bigger fights at featherweight? After all, the current champion at the weight class is Alexander Volkanovski.
The latter’s only loss came at the hands of Islam Makhachev, as he moved up in weight. Therefore, Sterling has a lot to consider moving forward. Time will tell how it all plays out.
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