Darren Till Wants to Reignite the Rivalry Between Sean O’Malley and Cody Garbrandt

Published 03/28/2021, 3:16 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Darren Till of England prepares to fight Robert Whittaker of New Zealand in their middleweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Sean O’Malley defeated Thomas Almeida in the bantamweight showdown at UFC 260. Now the ‘Sugar Show’ is officially back to the winning column after his last loss, where his leg got compromised due to an injury that suffered during the fight. O’Malley knocked out Almeida in the last few minutes of the fight and impressed one and all.

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Darren Till was watching the event and tweeted, “O’Malley X Garbrandt would be a good fight”. Both O’Malley and Garbrandt are lighting quick with their hands and are among the most decorated strikers in the bantamweight division.

There is no doubt that any MMA fan would love to see them compete against each other.

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Till is a fighter himself, but also a big MMA fan. That is why he would love to see this fight happen in the UFC.

The Beef between Sean O’ Malley and Cody Garbrandt

There’s already a beef between Sean O’Malley and Garbrandt who fought on the same card at UFC 250 and secured insane one-punch KO wins.

Ariel Helwani talked with ‘The Sugar Show’ about fighting Garbrandt in an interview with ESPN MMA. O’ Malley said, “There’s no way he takes that fight, it’s a lose-lose for him. One he’s probably gonna get knocked out. And two, it’s like he’s fighting someone that has a lot of hype, but if he beats me people will say aw buddy, you know what it’s a lose-lose for him.”

Sean O’Malley openly predicted that he would 100% knock him out. Subsequently, Cody Garbrandt got interviewed by TMZ Sports and was asked which knockout was better, O’Malley’s or his?

Garbrandt replied, “I am way better, way vicious, you know my dude couldn’t get up. You know if you’re talking on terms of that style, you know. Stylistically Assuncao’s style is leap years ahead of any adversary…” 

“You know it’s no comparison you can’t he can’t there’s no characteristics like that, so you know hats off to him. Really good ones and performed gotta knockout victory but you can’t compare when you’re fighting the top 5 in the world he’s never fought anyone on top 15.”

This is when the real beef started to develop in between the two bantamweights.

Twitter war between ‘No Love’ and ‘The Sugar Show’

Back when O’Malley lost his first fight in August 2020, ‘No Love’ quickly took a jab at him and tweeted, “Some people aren’t made for war #SugaFree.”

After this, the fight was never made, and both guys moved on. ‘No Love’ wanted to move down a division and was hoping to fight for the flyweight championship. Ahead of his title fight, he suffered an injury and O’Malley responded, “Some people aren’t made for war…jk heal up champ.”

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Hopefully, the tweet from Darren Till will act as a catalyst in reigniting the rivalry and both the fighters will settle the beef inside the Octagon and not on Twitter.

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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