Former UFC flyweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, doesn’t understand why Israel Adesanya is guaranteed an immediate rematch with Sean Strickland while being denied the opportunity to get even with Sean O’Malley.
“If we’re going to talk about immediate rematches, you’re going to give it to a guy who lost twice in one reign – he won the belt, lost, got a rematch, then came back and lost to another guy,” the American said in another video posted on his Youtube channel. “That begs the next question – how can you give him another title shot and still say I don’t deserve it?”
“I have nothing against Izzy. Izzy, if you get a title fight, take it and go for it! But how can you give him a rematch and not give me one? Is this about his reign being better than mine? But what is that conclusion based on? If the fans, Dana, whoever, explain it to me, maybe I’ll accept it, but for now I don’t see the point”
That said, Sterling has made it clear that he’s not ready to fight O’Malley in December unless he’s enticed with a generous financial offer.
“I have no desire to return to the octagon before the end of the year unless it’s a very tempting offer. I need a serious motive to come out of vacation and get back in the gym. That’s what life is all about – you have to work hard and enjoy the fruits of your labor”
Sean O’Malley finished Aljamain Sterling by second-round technical knockout on Aug. 19 at UFC 292 in Boston, and Sean Strickland authored one of the biggest upsets in history on Sept. 9 at UFC 293 in Sydney, defeating Israel Adesanya by unanimous decision to become the new UFC middleweight champion.