Aljamain Sterling reveals he has a bet with Sean O’Malley over who shoots a takedown first

By Cole Shelton - August 14, 2023

Aljamain Sterling has a bet made with Sean O’Malley over their UFC 292 title fight.

Sterling and O’Malley are set to headline UFC 292 in Boston in a highly anticipated matchup. In the lead-up to the fight, both men have been vocal in suggesting they will be getting a stoppage win. However, on Monday, Sterling revealed another interesting wrinkle to the fight as the two sides have agreed to a side bet.

“Whoever shoots first pays 100 bucks. So, I do think when I pressure him, he might panic shoot. He might be the one panic-shooting because he might be worried that I’m going to take him down,” Aljamain Sterling said on The MMA Hour. “Or this could be a little trickery. You never know, you never know.”

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When asked if he feels like that is a bad bet for him, Aljamain Sterling was quick to respond saying he can still get Sean O’Malley down without shooting for a takedown.

“Well if I body lock him, is that really a shot? Is that really a shot?” Sterling said.

Although Aljamain Sterling says he and Sean O’Malley have the bet, whether or not they will actually follow through with it is to be seen. As well, it is also $100, which isn’t much money to either of them considering they both will be making well into the six figures for this fight and if Sterling needs to shoot a takedown to win, that’s much more important than a $100.

Aljamain Sterling enters his UFC 292 title defense against O’Malley coming off a decision win over Henry Cejudo back in May. Prior to that, he beat TJ Dillashaw by TKO to defend his bantamweight title for the second time. He’s currently 23-3 as a pro and is riding a nine-fight win streak with his last loss coming back in 2017.


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