Read about Sean O’Malley’s shocking upset victory over Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. Former UFC champion Michael Bisping praises O’Malley’s performance.
Sean O’Malley Pulls Off Shock Upset to Win UFC Bantamweight Title
Saturday night’s UFC 292 witnessed an incredible upset as Sean O’Malley defeated Aljamain Sterling to become the new UFC bantamweight champion. O’Malley’s victory came in the second round when he unleashed a barrage of powerful punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping praised O’Malley for his impressive performance, declaring that ‘a star was born’ in the young fighter.
Reflecting on the match, Bisping expressed his surprise at the outcome but commended O’Malley for proving himself against a tough opponent. He expected Sterling to rely on his wrestling skills, as he had done in previous fights, but was surprised by the bantamweight champion’s unconventional approach. O’Malley, on the other hand, showcased his power and skill by knocking Sterling down and securing the victory.
Before this defeat, Sterling had been on an unbeaten streak since December 2017, culminating in his title win against Petr Yan in 2021.
In another fight on the card, Ian Machado Garry impressed Bisping with his performance against Neil Magny. Bisping compared Garry’s style to that of Brazilian legend Anderson Silva, noting his surgical precision and control throughout the fight. Although Garry didn’t secure a finish, Bisping emphasized that his dominance and strategic tactics earned him a five-star rating.
Overall, UFC 292 delivered thrilling matches and unexpected outcomes, solidifying the rise of new talents like Sean O’Malley and Ian Machado Garry.
|Defeated Aljamain Sterling
|Ian Machado Garry
|Defeated Neil Magny