BOSTON — Aljamain Sterling appeared in a musical mood.
At Friday’s ceremonial weigh-ins for UFC 292, the bantamweight champion turned his main event faceoff with challenger Sean O’Malley into a singing spectacle at TD Garden, where the fight is set for Saturday.
The two fighters engaged in an intense stare-down, with Sterling, also known as “Funk Master,” taunting a stoic O’Malley throughout. When O’Malley took the mic, he elicited a thunderous cheer by asking the Boston crowd, “Are you ready to watch me knock this guy out?”
Sterling was not short on words when it was his opportunity to respond.
“Tomorrow night I make history,” he declared. “I become the four-time defending champion, adding to my credentials, and affixing another ruby to my belt. You know what? I have a simple request for all of you tomorrow night. [sings] Bid farewell to Sean O’Malley. On August 19, he’s up against a monster; the Funk Master is gunning for him, let’s get this!”
Meanwhile, in the co-main event faceoff, strawweight champion Zhang Weili and challenger Amanda Lemos kept their emotions in check. Unlike the theatrical lead-up in the bantamweight division, they remained focused and professional. Zhang reached out to her many Boston supporters, while Lemos envisioned bringing a UFC championship back to her homeland of Brazil.
“What’s up, Boston?” Zhang greeted the fans. “I’m thrilled to be here. Let me hear you. Tomorrow, ‘And Still.’”
The highlights of these ceremonial weigh-ins and more can be viewed below.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about fokus keyword UFC 292
What was unique about Aljamain Sterling’s faceoff with Sean O’Malley at UFC 292’s weigh-in?
Aljamain Sterling, the bantamweight champion, turned the faceoff into a musical taunt, singing a song aimed at his challenger, Sean O’Malley. It added an unusual theatrical element to the typical pre-fight proceedings.
When and where is the fight between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley taking place?
The main event matchup between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley is scheduled for Saturday at TD Garden.
Who are the fighters in the co-main event of UFC 292?
The co-main event of UFC 292 features a faceoff between strawweight champion Zhang Weili and challenger Amanda Lemos.
What did Sean O’Malley say to the crowd during the ceremonial weigh-in?
Sean O’Malley addressed the crowd, asking, “Boston, are you ready to watch me knock this guy out?” His statement drew a roar of support from the fans.
How did Zhang Weili and Amanda Lemos behave during their faceoff at the weigh-in?
Unlike the theatrical bantamweight faceoff, Zhang Weili and Amanda Lemos were all business and kept their emotions in check during their strawweight faceoff.