Aljamain Sterling ITD (+175) over Sean O’Malley
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- Sterling has won two of his four recent title fights inside the distance.
- O’Malley is attempting to take a big step up in competition in this fight, which will not end well for him.
UFC’s bantamweight championship is up for grabs on Saturday night at UFC 292. There, Sean O’Malley will look to take that title off of Aljamain Sterling, who seeks his fourth title defense. Here, we give you our UFC best bets for Sterling vs O’Malley from TD Garden in Boston.
Sterling vs O’Malley UFC 292 Betting Pick
Sterling ITD (+175) over O’Malley
Why Bet On Aljamain Sterling:
✅ This is a huge step up in competition for O’Malley, and he could be in for some growing pains as he gets his feet wet at the championship level.
✅ Sterling has won two of his last four fights inside the distance, and is a decent value to win inside the distance at plus money here.
✅ O’Malley’s lone loss in his career came by knockout to Chito Vera, and he could be stopped if he loses here.
There were questions about how legitimate a champion Aljamain Sterling was when he won the belt via illegal knee from Petr Yan. But Sterling has answered those questions with aplomb, winning his next three fights to maintain the bantamweight championship. The Funk Master will look to secure his fourth title defense in this bout, one where he is a considerable favorite going in.
For Sterling, the key to this fight is going to be not getting caught out by the number of tactics O’Malley can use in his fights. O’Malley can switch stances, strike, and make things happen on the ground. But Sterling’s all-around game should keep him from getting taken out by his latest title challenger.
Sean O’Malley has been incredibly popular during his run in UFC, and he has been incredibly successful as well. On Saturday night, he has the chance to claim UFC gold for the first time in his career by beating Aljamain Sterling. The question is whether or not O’Malley can do so, or if he is in for a rude awakening in the biggest fight of his career.
For O’Malley, the key to this fight is going to be not shrinking in the biggest moment he has earned to this point in UFC. O’Malley is a showman, and likely will not shy away from the bright lights. But executing under those lights is something that fighters need to prove they can do, and this will be O’Malley’s first big chance.