‘Cody’s One Fight Away From the Commentary Booth’ – Sean O’Malley Takes a Dig at Cody Garbrandt by Comparing Him to Dominick Cruz

Published 12/10/2021, 12:17 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Sean O’Malley reacts after his knockout victory over Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)| Credit: Getty Images

Things went ugly during the UFC 269 press conference as the former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and Sean O’Malley came face to face against each other. Surprisingly, both the men aren’t fighting each other at the event.

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‘No Love’ will make his flyweight debut against Kai-Kara France on the main card of UFC 269. Meanwhile, ‘Sugar’ will take on Raulian Paiva in a bantamweight bout. However, this didn’t keep them from taking shots at each other.

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Both Garbrandt and O’Malley have previously indulged in a verbal war on the internet. However, during the press conference, the rivalry got heated as the men verbally attacked each other and the security had to separate them as things escalated into a face-off.

However, this was not the end. As a reporter asked ‘Sugar’ if he lived up to the hype, he responded by taking yet another shot at the former champion.

O’Malley said, “It is super cool to be up here. I am constantly, you know, squaring off with Cody or whatever. There are just so many fights for me in the next. Cody’s one fight away from the commentary booth next to Dominick Cruz. So I don’t know what the f*ck he’s talking about.”

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‘No Love’ interrupted ‘Sugar’ and reminded him that he has done more in the promotion than O’Malley will do in the future. He said, “I’ve still done more than you’re ever going to do in this career. You’re going to amount to nothing. Trust me. Once you lose, you’re going to get carried out on another stretcher and where are you going to be at?”

Sean O’Malley Will Clash Against Raulian Paiva in the Main Card of UFC 269

‘Sugar’ is one of the most prominent names in the division. He has gained much popularity among UFC fans for his unique style and charismatic persona. He has only one loss in the UFC since his debut.

However, ‘Sugar’ is still unranked in the bantamweight division of UFC. He is currently on a two-fight undefeated streak and will take on the unranked fighter Raulian Paiva inside the UFC cage.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Jose Quinonez during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)| Credit: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Paiva is on a three-fight undefeated streak in the promotion. The Brazilian has competed in more MMA fights than O’Malley. However, the latter is the more experienced UFC fighter and might have an upper hand in the fight, given his run in the division.

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It is an important fight for both the bantamweight combatant, as a win here might place them in the top-15 of the division.

What are your thoughts on O’Malley and Garbrandt’s rivalry? Are you excited to see ‘Sugar’ at UFC 269? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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