Marlon Vera Reveals Sean O’Malley ‘Declined’ Rematch

Published 04/13/2021, 12:15 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Sean O’Malley is one of the hottest stars in the UFC right now. The rising Bantamweight is expected to fly up the ranks and made good progress in that regard with his latest win over Thomas Almeida. However, that isn’t the fight that most people wanted ‘Suga’ to have. That would be a rematch against the only man in the UFC to beat him, Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera.

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Vera knocked O’Malley out when the pair fought at UFC 252. Since then, he has lost to Jose Aldo and is now looking for another opponent. O’Malley is coming off his win over Almeida, so this may be the perfect time to book a rematch. However, that doesn’t seem to be on the cards, as Vera has alleged that O’Malley declined the fight after it was offered to them.

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‘Suga’ is looking to get a bout against Bantamweight legend and former champion Dominick Cruz. That would be a high-profile fight and could be the launching point that O’Malley needs in his career. But not trying to avenge the loss to Vera is something that people may bring up in the future when people start looking back at his career.

Sean O’Malley: Should he take the fight against ‘Chito’?

Sean O’Malley should take the fight against Chito Vera. The fight against Dom Cruz may be the more palatable fight, but he needs to get this win back to win over the fans that he lost with that loss. O’Malley insists he is still the better fighter. If that is the case, he needs to prove it.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Sean O’Malley kicks Marlon Vera of Ecuador in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Vera gave everyone the key to what O’Malley’s weaknesses are. While leg kicks don’t always work the same way, the fact that he got O’Malley to crumble is a massive testament to his ability. If there is a talent disparity between these fighters, O’Malley should jump to take the fight and correct the one negative on his record.

 

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But MMA is very fickle to take those chances. Another loss to Vera would be impossible to rebound from for O’Malley. But the Cruz fight is on the table now, and he probably isn’t willing to risk that upside for a rematch against a smaller-name opponent.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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