Sean O’Malley trolls Aljamain Sterling after ‘Funk Master’ asks for a rematch following KO defeat at UFC 292 which cost him the bantamweight crown
- Sean O’Malley won the UFC bantamweight title by beating Aljamain Sterling
- Sterling, 34, asked for a rematch while on camera at UFC 293 in Australia
- DailyMail.com provides all the latest international sports news
Sean O’Malley delivered a brutal reply after Aljamain Sterling called for a rematch of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 292, when Funk Master suffered a savage TKO defeat.
O’Malley won the UFC bantamweight crown with a second-round stoppage of Sterling, having floored his rival with a huge counter right hand in Boston.
Less than a month on, Sterling was back in front of the cameras when UFC headed to Sydney, Australia on Saturday night.
After he appeared on screen, the 34-year-old held up his phone. It carried a message: ‘Rematch, Suga?’ alongside several bags of money.
But Sterling was mocked by O’Malley, who responded with his own message – also written on his cell phone.
Aljamain Sterling called for a rematch with Sean O’Malley following his defeat at UFC 292
O’Malley trolled his rival by responding online with the message: ‘If it was close, maybe’
The Montana native posted a picture of himself watching the action in Sydney, holding his phone. It read: ‘No’. O’Malley accompanied the post with the caption: ‘If it was close, maybe.’
Sterling has been calling for a re-run ever since their first meeting last month. In the press conference after UFC 92, he was asked about an immediate rematch.
‘That is 100 per cent what I would like the most,’ Sterling said. ‘Sean could beat me again and I think it just strengthens his case that he’s as good as he says he is. But I’d like to think I’ve earned my right to get an immediate rematch.’
Speaking in the Octagon after the fight, however, O’Malley said he wanted a rematch with Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera, who handed him his sole professional defeat three years ago.
‘This is just the beginning of the Suga era – I’m running this s*** til 2035,’ he said. ‘I’ll whoop Chito’s ass in December in Vegas at T-Mobile (Arena). Let’s f****** go!’
O’Malley won the UFC bantamweight crown with a second-round stoppage of Sterling