UFC 292: Sterling vs. O’Malley was an electrifying mixed martial arts event that captivated fans worldwide. The TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, served as the battleground for intense clashes between fighters hungry for glory. The night was brimming with anticipation, featuring the UFC Bantamweight Championship and Women’s Strawweight Championship bouts, alongside The Ultimate Fighter finals. Here’s a rundown of the key moments from this unforgettable event.
Title Fights and TUF Finals
The main event showcased a titanic clash for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Reigning champion Aljamain Sterling faced off against the explosive Sean O’Malley. In a stunning turn of events, O’Malley delivered a masterclass performance, securing a TKO victory in just 51 seconds of the second round, claiming the championship belt.
The co-headliner witnessed a battle for the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. Two-time champion Zhang Weili engaged in a five-round war against Amanda Lemos. Zhang Weili’s impeccable control and striking prowess were on full display as she secured a unanimous decision victory (50–43, 50–44, 49–45), cementing her status as the division’s queen.
The finals of The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Chandler added an extra layer of excitement. Rising stars showcased their skills and determination, underscoring the future of MMA. The lightweight final saw Gregory Rodrigues triumph over Denis Tiuliulin with a devastating KO in just 1 minute and 43 seconds of the first round. Brad Katona emerged victorious in the bantamweight final, displaying his prowess and earning a unanimous decision win over Cody Gibson.
Performances of the Night
The spotlight also shone on exceptional performances that pushed the boundaries of skill and determination.
- Fight of the Night: Brad Katona vs. Cody Gibson engaged in an intense battle that earned them the Fight of the Night bonus.
- Performance of the Night: Sean O’Malley’s quick and spectacular victory, along with Zhang Weili’s dominant title defence, earned them Performance of the Night bonuses.
UFC 292: Sterling vs. O’Malley – Full Results
- Bantamweight Championship: Sean O’Malley def. Aljamain Sterling (c) via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:51
- Women’s Strawweight Championship: Zhang Weili (c) def. Amanda Lemos via unanimous decision (50–43, 50–44, 49–45) – Round 5, 5:00
- Welterweight Bout: Ian Machado Garry def. Neil Magny via unanimous decision (30–26, 30–26, 30–24) – Round 3, 5:00
- Bantamweight Bout: Mario Bautista def. Da’Mon Blackshear via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Bantamweight Bout: Marlon Vera def. Pedro Munhoz via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) – Round 3, 5:00
Preliminary Card (ESPN / ESPN+)
- Middleweight Bout: Brad Tavares def. Chris Weidman via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Middleweight Bout: Gregory Rodrigues def. Denis Tiuliulin via KO (elbows) – Round 1, 1:43
- Lightweight Bout: Kurt Holobaugh def. Austin Hubbard via Submission (triangle choke) – Round 2, 2:39
- Bantamweight Bout: Brad Katona def. Cody Gibson via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 30–27) – Round 3, 5:00
Early Preliminary Card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
- Middleweight Bout: Andre Petroski def. Gerald Meerschaert via Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28) – Round 3, 5:00
- Women’s Flyweight Bout: Natália Silva def. Andrea Lee via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) – Round 3, 5:00
- Women’s Flyweight Bout: Karine Silva def. Maryna Moroz via Submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 4:59