Sean O’Malley scored a monumental upset get at UFC 292.
‘Suga’ dropped Aljamain Sterling with a proper hand in spherical two ahead of following up with a flurry of ground strikes to power referee Marc Goddard to wave off the bantamweight title bout.
The very first spherical was as close as they come. The two males struggled to land just about anything of notice until eventually Sterling closed the length with seconds still left and let loose with a flurry of punches in opposition to the fence.
As UFC commentators Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier speculated about how the very first frame may possibly have been scored by the judges, O’Malley took his fate out of their hands.
Sterling produced an sick-fated error by dashing the proficient striker who allowed a punch to fly earlier his chin right before returning with a tricky proper hand that faceplanted the champion.
‘The Funk Master’ rolled to his back again and experimented with to get out of the way of a barrage of floor strikes that followed from the first-time UFC title challenger.
According to veteran referee Marc Goddard, Sterling was not able to intelligently defend himself in that second and the combat was waved off.
O’Malley started to wildly rejoice his substantial upset acquire in opposition to the man who has defended the 135lb UFC title additional than any other fighter in organization record.
During his article-struggle job interview, the new champion expressed a drive to defend his belt from Marlon Vera who outpointed Pedro Munhoz earlier in the evening.
‘Chito’ famously stopped O’Malley, who suffered a weird foot injuries, inside of a single round when they clashed at UFC 252 in August 2020.
“This is just the starting of the ‘Suga’ era,” he said.
“I’m functioning this s*** until eventually 2035, infant!
“I’ll whoop Chito’s a*** in December in [Las] Vegas at the T-Cellular Arena.
“Let’s f***ing go, child!”
Right before his most recent title battle, Sterling claimed that he was practically unquestionably heading to move up to featherweight for a likely combat with 145lb king Alexander Volkanovski.
Soon after shedding for the 1st time due to the fact December 2017, he claimed to be reconsidering that transfer as he no longer fancies his probabilities versus the UFC’s pound-for-pound ideal fighter.