MMA – Popular Sean O’Malley thinks Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan aren’t selling enough for the UFC.
After a controversial first fight and a year of clashes on the networks, Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will finally find themselves in the octagon. The pair were originally scheduled to face off in the co-main event of UFC 272. However, the clash was eventually moved to UFC 273 in April.
The organization has not given any official justification for this postponement. However, it all seems to be tied to Max Holloway’s withdrawal from the UFC 272 main event. The Hawaiian has been replaced by the Korean Zombie and the fight against Volkanovski for the featherweight title has been moved to UFC 273 .
The rematch between Sterling and Yan could therefore have passed the main event of UFC 272, but the organization preferred to organize an explosive reunion between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal as the headliner. This is how Sterling vs. Yan was shifted to April.
Another big name in the bantamweight division, Sean O’Malley gave his opinion on this postponement. For him, Sterling and Yan do not have the media aura to sell pay-per-views.
“You know what’s crazy to me is that Petr and ‘Aljo’ can’t main event their own pay-per-view,” he said on his YouTube channel. “(Alex Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 3) got canceled and they couldn’t be in the main event? They are not big enough. It’s so weird. This division (bantamweight) is the best in the UFC. »
For his part, O’Malley comes out of an expeditious victory, by TKO, against Raulian Paiva. A hand injury could keep him out of the cage until June.