“Francis Got Everyone”: Ryan Garcia Responds to UFC’s Plan to Make Sean O’Malley Fight Him

Published 11/06/2023, 10:25 PM EST

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Francis Ngannou did the unthinkable in his battle against the Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and now, other fighters have gained the confidence to attempt a similar feat. Ngannou, a former UFC Heavyweight champion debuted in boxing against the ‘Gypsy King’ and lost only by a point even after handing him a knockdown. Moreover, the decision was considered unfair by many, Ngannou included.

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Hailing from Glendale, Arizona, Sean O’Malley kickstarted his MMA journey in 2015 at the renowned MMA LAB. Before fully committing to MMA, he showcased his prowess in kickboxing with a perfect 4-0 record, along with impressive stints in amateur and professional boxing, marking him as a versatile rising star in the combat sports arena. In a recent interview, he has expressed his willingness to get down in a boxing ring and expand his avenues. The possible opponent? UFC has suggested the name of Ryan Garcia. However, is Garcia willing?

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In a podcast with the MMA Hour on YouTube, O’Malley revealed that he has always envisioned a boxing match for himself. However, this was not the first time. Now while Devin Haney might not be the best boxer to engage with considering the profit aspect of it, UFC believes a bout with Garcia will generate humongous PPV and would be more suited for the MMA artist.

 

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Garcia shared the post on his Instagram earlier today. However, he is not quite sure whether it makes the list of things he wants to take a shot at. He wrote “Francis got everyone wanting to box. I’m on a mission, don’t know if this is on the list tho” Garcia has not been on the best terms with the mixed martial artist. The two have even had an X feud on O’Malley’s intentions of entering the squared ring. What was this feud really about?

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Garcia and O’Malley: old enemies?

After the UFC 292 press conference, fans might recall that ‘Sugar’ O’Malley didn’t directly challenge the 25-year-old boxer Ryan Garcia. The tension escalated through a Twitter feud. Surprisingly, O’Malley expressed his interest in a boxing match against the renowned Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis. This didn’t sit well with Garcia, who, following his KO loss to Davis, took to Twitter, urging O’Malley to “stop talking” about boxing, stirring up more drama in the combat sports world.

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In the midst of the heated exchange, O’Malley didn’t back down. He seized the opportunity, pointing out Garcia’s first career loss to ‘Tank’ Davis as a comeback. But Garcia swiftly escalated the situation, challenging O’Malley to a real face-off in the boxing ring. He openly declared his willingness to give O’Malley a reality check, adding fuel to the fire by retweeting O’Malley’s post with a bold caption.

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Amidst this social media showdown, fans were undoubtedly on the edge of their seats, eagerly anticipating a potential showdown between the two fighters. Some might not be too much in support of such crossover events, owing to the different set of skills each sport demands. What do you think? Will we get another crossover event to witness soon? Let us know in the comments below.

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Prachi Prava Senapati

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Prachi Senapati is a Boxing Writer at EssentiallySports. She has been a part of content creation and is using her expertise in the sport of Boxing. Her fascination with the combat sport stemmed from her early years when she witnessed the Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight.
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