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Aljamain Sterling wins grappling match, calls out Sean O’Malley: ‘Be a man … give me my rematch or fight Merab’ 

Despite Sean O’Malley’s victory at Saturday’s Polaris 25 fight, Aljamain Sterling is still on his mind.

The former UFC bantamweight champion earned a decision victory over Mike Grundy in a 10-minute contest that saw the wrestlers jockey for position without giving up too much bad position. Sterling showed grit and determination, his takedowns and grappling acumen in the scrambles and scrambles on the mat.

In the end, Sterling got the job done by defeating Grundy, which put him back in the win column after losing to O’Malley in their recent title fight at UFC 292.

While Sterling was obviously happy with the fight victory, he immediately turned his attention back to O’Malley and sent a rather emphatic message to the new UFC bantamweight champion.

“I got a message for Mr. Suga T*** because he’s still like that to me,” Sterling shouted to the Wells crowd. “Hey, give me a rematch or fight Merab (Dvalishvili). It’s that simple.

“Stop shying away from top contenders, be a man and be a true champion. Fight the best. That’s what I do, now you need to turn around and do the same thing. Let’s go.”

Since losing by TKO in the second round, Sterling has set a record for the most bantamweight title defenses in UFC history with three consecutive fights, and he has still been outspoken in calling for a rematch with O’Malley.

If Sterling doesn’t get an immediate rematch, he hopes his teammate and friend Merab Dvalishvili will get the chance. Dvalishvili is currently on a nine-fight win streak in the division, which includes recent wins against former UFC champions Petr Yan and Jose Aldo.

O’Malley began calling for a rematch with Chito Vera after defeating Sterling in August, the only loss on his record since fighting Sterling in 2020. O’Malley had originally hoped to fight in December, but the year-end UFC 296 card already contains two title fights, so the new bantamweight king will likely have to wait until 2024 to fight again.

Who O’Malley will face remains a mystery, but Sterling wants to be part of the conversation in the hopes that he will get a rematch or that Dvalishvili will get his long-awaited UFC title shot.

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