Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O’Malley, Zhang Weili vs. Amanda Lemos official for UFC 292 in Boston
Aljamain Sterling vs. Sean O'Malley is now official for UFC 292.
After teasing the UFC bantamweight title fight for late summer during the last pay-per-view event, UFC president Dana White made the bout official Tuesday evening, along with a co-main event between strawweight champion Zhang Weili and challenger Amanda Lemos.
UFC 292 is set for Aug. 19 at Delta Center in Boston. No further matchups were announced for the card.
Sterling (23-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) is coming off a third title defense of his 135-pound title earlier this month in the main event of UFC 288 in New Jersey. “The Funkmaster” spoiled Henry Cejudo’s return from retirement, defeating him by split decision.
Afterward, Sterling faced off with O’Malley (16-1 MMA, 8-1), who was brought inside the octagon to promote their title fight.
O’Malley is coming off a split decision win himself, when he edged out former champion Petr Yan back in October at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi. The 28-year-old is unbeaten in his last five performances. His first and only defeat came against Ecuador’s Marlon Vera back in 2020.
In the co-main event of the card, Weili (23-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) returns for her first fight in 2023. She was last in action when she reclaimed the women’s strawweight title from then-champion Carla Esparza in the co-main event of UFC 281 last November in New York. Weili is on a two-fight winning streak since losing twice to Rose Namajunas in 2021. Those are her only two defeats inside the octagon.
Lemos (13-2-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) also has yet to compete in 2023. In her most recent outing back in November, she stopped top contender Marina Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night 214. The win put her at a 7-1 run in her past eight bouts.
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