Aljamain Sterling betting favorite for first time since 2017

Aljamain Sterling is a healthy favorite over Sean O'Malley for the first time since 2017, with newly released odds for the champ's next title defense.

By: Eddie Mercado | 4 weeks ago
Aljamain Sterling betting favorite for first time since 2017
Aljamain Sterling is favored over Sean O'Malley in the betting odds | IMAGO ZUMA Wire

Aljamain Sterling successfully defend his bantamweight belt against Henry Cejudo this past Saturday at UFC 288, and during his in-cage interview with Joe Rogan — UFC president Dana White brought in his number one contender, Sean O’Malley. Cringe, a coat grab, and near-chaos ensued, and our next 135-pound title fight was clearly defined. Betting odds have officially dropped for a matchup between these two, so let’s go take a look at what they have to say.

Online gambling site has Sterling starting out as a sizable betting favorite over O’Malley. Aljo is on deck with a large -240 moneyline, with a $100 bet at those odds possibly paying out $141.61. As for ‘Sugar,’ he is beginning his betting life against Aljamain with a robust underdog value of +205. Throwing a bill on Sean at that line could bring back a total return of $305.

It’s pretty rare to see Sterling with a moneyline thats costs more than +200. This is actually the first time he’s been this favored since he rocked a -450 line against Augusto Mendes at UFC on FOX 24 in 2017. It’s good to see Aljo finally getting some respect from the oddsmakers here. He’s ran the gauntlet at 135-pounds, and managed to come out it with the belt deservingly strapped around his waist. He did well against Petr Yan’s wrestling, but O’Malley has yet to prove that he can compete with the grappling prowess of an Aljamain Sterling.

Sterling vs. O’Malley betting odds

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Eddie Mercado is a writer and content creator for Bloody Elbow, and has covered combat sports since 2015. Eddie covers everything from betting odds and live events, to fighter interviews and co-hosting the 6th Round post-fight show and the 6th Round Retro. He retired at 1-0 in professional MMA, competed in one Muay Thai match in Thailand, and is currently a purple belt in Jiu-Jitsu under the great Diego Bispo.

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