“The winner of that fight, I will fight the winner”: Sean O’Malley declares UFC guaranteed him the next title fight

Sean O’Malley is possibly the biggest upcoming superstar the UFC has produced in the last few years. Especially after his last victory against former bantamweight champion Petr Yan at UFC 280.

O’Malley who is currently ranked two in the bantamweight division has now revealed that UFC president Dana White has promised him the winner of the title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo that will take place on April 6th at UFC 288.

O’Malley in a recent episode of his podcast revealed,

“I’ll probably fight twice this year, depending on how fights go, how fights play out. My next fight will be f***ing huge, guaranteed. The winner of Henry and Aljo, [I] talked to the UFC, that’s happening. It’s official, the winner of that fight, I will fight the winner. It’s gonna be huge.”

O’Malley has had a close-to-perfecta run in the UFC, winning 9 of his 10 fights inside the UFC octagon. His only loss was against another current bantamweight contender Chito Vera back in 2020.

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The 28-year-old recently even expressed his willingness to train with ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor, who will reportedly begin the training camp for his fight against Michael Chandler shortly.

How will Sean O’Malley match up against Sterling or Cejudo?

Although Merab Dvalishvili is currently the number-one ranked fighter in the bantamweight division, considering O’Malley’s recent performances it would be somewhat fair for him to get the next crack at the title.

Considering his fighting style, it would certainly be an interesting matchup if he ever squares off against Sterling or Cejudo as both of them are of the grappling or wrestling fighting style. O’Malley on the other hand likes to stand up and bang.

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Sean O’Malley (L) lands a punch on Kris Moutinho in the first round in their bantamweight bout during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credits: Getty Images)

Though O’Malley showed tremendous takedown defense during his last fight it would still be a tough challenge for him against elite lever grapplers and wrestlers.

Aryan Verma

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Aryan Verma is a Combat Sports writer covering UFC and Boxing for SportsZion. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's in technology degree in Computer Science. Being a martial art practitioner himself, Aryan cherishes the opportunity to share his thoughts on latest combat sport events through his blogs.


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