Dvalishvili gave an accurate prediction for the Sterling and O’Malley fight

Aljamain Sterling will need no more than two rounds to finish Sean O’Malley by choke and defend his title, friend and sparring partner of current UFC flyweight champion, Merab Dvalishvili, is confident.

“I’m looking forward to it because it’s a historic fight,” the Georgian fighter told MMAJunkie. “Aljo will defend the title against O’Malley, and I think he will finish him, once again showing the world how good he is. Aljo is happy and motivated because we all know – stylistically, this is his fight. When Aljo takes O’Malley down, he’ll wear him down and finish him in the first or second round. I’m a thousand percent sure he’s going to win this fight, most likely by choke.”

Dvalishvili also responded to a question about whether Sterling actually plans to move up to welterweight after the O’Malley fight.

“Yeah, that’s what Aljo says. He’s my best friend, sparring partner, brother, and I respect whatever decision he makes. If he moves up, I will only fight for the title, but if he stays, I will fight other contenders. Like Aljo says, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, everything has its time, so he needs to win this fight first and I have to do everything I can to help him do that. After that, we’ll see how things play out. Aljo has said that publicly, but we’ve never discussed it with each other. That’s what he said, that’s what he wants, but I’m going to help him no matter what decision he makes.”

If Sterling continues his career as a welterweight, Dvalishvili is convinced he should fight Corey Sandhagen for the vacant championship belt.

“If Aljo goes up and vacates the title, I’m number one in the rankings and Corey is on a good winning streak, so we should fight for the vacant championship belt. Henry Cejudo just lost, and there’s nobody else who deserves a title fight more than us.”

As a reminder, the flyweight title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley will be the main event of UFC 292, which takes place on August 19 in Boston.