New England Cartel's Tyson Chartier Breaks Down O'Malley vs Sterling

October 12, 2023

Athlete Studio

In preparation for UFC 292, UFC staff writer E. Spencer Kyte engaged in a one-on-one discussion with New England Cartel head coach Tyson Chartier to delve into the upcoming bantamweight title clash between Aljamain Sterling and Sean O’Malley.

Chartier highlighted the distinct strengths of each fighter, emphasizing O’Malley's exceptional striking and distance management, while pointing out Sterling's wrestling prowess and ability to secure back-takes. The matchup was characterized as a classic striker versus grappler duel.

The conversation shifted to the path to victory for each fighter, with Chartier envisioning Aljo potentially winning on the feet through strategic striking and clinch work. However, he acknowledged the challenge of O’Malley succeeding on the ground against Sterling.

The X Factor, according to Chartier, revolved around O’Malley's takedown defense and his ability to get back up. Kyte expressed interest in O’Malley's proactive approach, aiming to disrupt Sterling's game plan, but cautioning against reckless moves that could lead to grappling exchanges.

In terms of coaching curiosity, Chartier focused on O’Malley's defensive capabilities against takedowns and whether he could maintain it over five rounds. Kyte questioned O’Malley's lack of experience in extended fights and the pressure on him as the rising star facing Sterling.

The discussion underscored the intrigue surrounding O’Malley's untested abilities against elite competition and the pressure on him to fulfill his self-proclaimed stardom. The anticipation for the bout was palpable, leaving both Kyte and Chartier eagerly awaiting the outcome on Saturday night.

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