Adesanya gave his assessment of the ending to the fight between O’Malley and Sterling

Reigning UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, doesn’t think Aljamain Sterling would have been able to get back in the fight if referee Mark Goddard hadn’t stopped the fight at the 0:51 mark of the second round and allowed Sean O’Malley to continue to get the takedown.

“It could have gone on a little longer, but it would have ended much worse,” the Nigerian said in another video posted on his YouTube channel. “Shawn was standing over him and ready to finish him – it was a clean finish.”

Before the fight, Adesanya stated that he was betting on O’Malley as he had a premonition of his victory, so he wasn’t too surprised by the result of the match.

“It’s fate. What did I say? I said he’d catch him and knock him out. It’s called fate, what’s to come is what’s to go.”

That said, the UFC champion gave Sterling credit for his post-fight speech and the way he accepted defeat.

“It happens, man. Sometimes you’re a hammer and sometimes you’re a nail.”

As a reminder, the flyweight title fight, which ended with Sean O’Malley winning by technical knockout in the second round, headlined this past weekend’s UFC 292 event in Boston.