Aljamain Sterling: ‘Fighting O’Malley against my will’

Aljamain Sterling: 'Fighting O'Malley Against My Will'

Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling claims he was literally forced by the organization to accept a fight with Sean O’Malley, which comes just three and a half months after he defended his title against Henry Cejudo.

“People don’t understand how much time I spend on this sport,” the American said in the next episode of his podcast. “Psychologically, it is very exhausting, and you just burn out. That’s why after the fight with Henry I had a lot of things planned – I just wanted to relax and stop thinking about fights, but the ground was torn from under my feet.

“I will fight O’Malley, but I do it literally against my will. Hearing this, Dana White and Hunter Campbell will of course say that they never force anyone to fight, but that’s what they do. Let’s call a spade a spade. Behind the scenes, UFC management has its own ways of getting you to say, ‘Okay, I’ll do it for you again, even if I don’t get any credit for it.'”

Recall that the bantamweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley will be the main event of the UFC 292 tournament, which will be held August 19 in Boston.