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LOOK |  Sean O’Malley’s coach pretends to be Aljamain Sterling’s coach just before KO
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LOOK | Sean O’Malley’s coach pretends to be Aljamain Sterling’s coach just before KO

Sean O’Malley’s coach Tim Welch pretended to be Aljamain Sterling’s coach during their UFC 292 title fight.

Sean O'Malley and Tim Welch

A video has gone viral of Welch posing as Sterling’s coach and telling him he “has to go” just before O’Malley scores the finish. After his comments, Sterling went forward and O’Malley caught him with the punch that dropped him, then finished him off with strikes.

Welch is heard saying, “Aljo, you gotta go,” just a second before ‘Funkmaster’ was dropped and eliminated by Sean O’Malley. It’s an interesting tactic from Welch that worked for him.

After the clip from Sean O’Malley’s knockout disappeared, Aljamain Sterling and Tim Welch also started shooting at each other. Sterling claimed he wanted to punch Welch during the fight because of all the nonsense he was saying.

“Cap. You talked a lot during my fight with Sean. The referee had to tell you to stfu several times. I wanted to punch you between rounds and I regret not getting the fine for it. You should know better as a former fighter and current coach. You talk about Merab all the time. Let Sean talk, you don’t have to get involved in that bullshit talk unless you want the trouble too. It’s that simple, bro,” Sterling further wrote X.

It’s clear that the rivalry between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley still exists. But the rivalry now turns to Merab Dvalishvili, Sterling’s close friend and training partner and who is expected to fight O’Malley next.

Sean O’Malley is coming off a decisive victory over Marlon Vera in March, defending his title for the first time after winning it last August. O’Malley is currently 18-1 and one NC as a pro and is on a seven-fight undefeated streak and has not booked his next fight.