Sean O’Malley is the UFC’s next superstar. Following in the footsteps of the iconic Conor McGregor, O’Malley has won the bantamweight title in the UFC in front of a crowd that was rooting for him to knock out Aljamain Sterling.
Dana White who was adamant that there is no such thing as ‘Dana White Privilege” was wrong when we came to know of the UFC 292 main event uploaded on social media by the UFC moments after it ended. O’Malley’s crowning moment will now be remembered for the way it happened. O’Malley knocked out the greatest bantamweight champion ever in the UFC, Aljamain Sterling
Sean O’Malley issues stern warning to Marlon Vera
Following O’Malley’s successful capture of the bantamweight championship with a second-round TKO victory over Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292’s main event, and Vera’s own unanimous decision victory over Pedro Munhoz on the same night, it seems likely that a rematch between the two fighters is on the horizon. However, Sean O’Malley is advising Marlon Vera to approach his pursuit of a rematch with respect, or the rematch might not come to fruition.
O’Malley states that the ultimate decision will rest with him. He isn’t pleased with Vera’s demeanor in the aftermath of UFC 292, and during an episode of the ‘TimboSugarShow’ podcast on Monday, O’Malley made it clear that he won’t hesitate to pursue an alternative path if Vera’s attitude doesn’t change. O’Malley threatened to fight Henry Cejudo or Gervonta Davis next if Vera didn’t respect the champion.
Sean O’Malley warns Marlon Vera to behave, or Henry Cejudo is next 😬
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Marlon Vera is the only fighter who holds a victory over Sean O’Malley in professional MMA and that is one of the ingredients necessary for building up the fight. However, some fighters and fans are against the idea of O’Malley fighting Vera who is not on a winning streak.
Sean O’Malley and Henry Cejudo’s potential title clash
Both Sean O’Malley and Henry Cejudo are from Arizona. The Southerners could potentially fight in their home state and attract a lot of finance for the UFC. However, it is not likely to happen next due to Cejudo losing his previous bout to Aljamain Sterling.
O’Malley and Cejudo do not see eye to eye. Both respect their skills in the octagon but are also known to throw shades at each other if given the opportunity. A fight with Marlon Vera is most likely to happen with a Cejudo fight happening after Cejudo defeats presumably Merab Dvalishvili. Aljamain Sterling calling for a rematch is already thrashed away by the champion.
Cejudo has not fought a fighter that is lean and lanky like O’Malley. Even though Aljamain Sterling is a taller fighter than Cejudo, Sterling doesn’t use distance the same way O’Malley does. Moreover, the champion possesses one-punch knockout power that Sterling doesn’t have.
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