John McCarthy thinks Sean O’Malley is not ready for a title fight against Aljamain Sterling just yet. Like the majority of MMA fans and pundits, McCarthy did not agree with the judges on O’Malley’s split decision win over Petr Yan at UFC 280.
Although he’s happy for O’Malley, McCarthy thinks “Sugar” should be smart enough not to pursue a fight against reigning bantamweight champion Sterling. Nonetheless, the former MMA referee agreed that O’Malley vs. Sterling was the fight to fight from Dana White’s perspective.
McCarthy recently claimed that if he was O’Malley, he would target one more fight before getting a title shot. The 60-year-old said on the Weighing podcast:
“I thought he had to go out and do a lot more to get that win but the judges gave it to him. So good job for you Sean O’Malley congratulations. Let’s move on I don’t think he’s yet ready for Aljamain Sterling. I don’t think it’s a smart fight for him right now… If I’m Dana White I’d do the fight, but if I’m Sean I want another fight first.
Check out John McCarthy’s comments (5:35) below:
Aljamain Sterling speaks on Sean O’Malley’s win over Petr Yan
Aljamain Sterling is part of a long list of fighters who believe Petr Yan was robbed of a decisive win over Sean O’Malley at UFC 280. O’Malley himself said he should go back and watch the fight, which he says could have gone either way.
According to Sterling, even “Sugar” was unconvinced of his split decision win over Yan on Saturday night. The UFC bantamweight champion said during his recent appearance on MMA hour:
“I felt bad for Yan. I felt like he had been robbed. I think O’Malley was also a bit shocked and confused by the decision. kind of caught off guard. decision. I think it caught him more off guard than he won.”
Check out Aljamain Sterling’s (41:53) comments below:
Sterling retained his bantamweight title with a dominating victory over former two-time champion TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 280. While the winner of Petr Yan over Sean O’Malley was originally scheduled to fight for the title next, UFC president Dana White hinted at a potential fight between Sterling and Henry Cejudo In place.