‘Jon Jones or Khabib’- Sean O’Malley Weighs in on the Goat Debate

Published 03/23/2021, 3:38 PM EDT

One of the rising stars in the bantamweight division is set to fight again on Saturday. Sean O’Malley is fighting Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 on the main card.


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He’s currently handling his pre-fight media duties, and it was in one of these interviews that he revealed his thoughts on the Greatest of All Time in the UFC.

Helen Yee asked him about his preference in this intense debate, and O’Malley instantly said Georges St-Pierre. However, he backtracked a bit and said, “I never watched UFC really growing up.


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“The fight I remember of GSP is when he fought Johnny Hendricks, and I thought Johnny Hendricks won that fight.

He talked about the popular opinion and said that he disagreed. “Everyone said GSP is the GOAT, so maybe he is, but I think you got to go with Jon Jones right now.

Sean reiterated his point and added Khabib Nurmagomedov and Henry Cejudo into the mix. “Jon Jones or Khabib, one of those two. You could even say Henry (Cejudo).

“I don’t know why he would retire when he’s in his prime at the top. I think Jones or Khabib right now,” he said.

He was referring to Henry Cejudo’s sudden retirement after he beat bantamweight Dominic Cruz in his last fight to defend his title.

He vacated the championship, and Petr Yan claimed it soon enough. However, even though he is retired, he has remained incredibly active on social media.

Sean O’Malley and his disastrous last fight

‘The Suga show’ is back on track after his last fight. He lost to Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera via a 1st-round knockout. Amazingly, the American declared himself to be undefeated even after this loss. He said that he had injured his leg and then he wasn’t able to stand.

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)

Vera took advantage of this situation and finished the fight with strikes on the ground. It skyrocketed Vera’s stock, and he entered the Top-15 in the official UFC rankings.


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In his upcoming fight, O’Malley needs to be really careful as Almeida is a tricky opponent. However, expect him to give his best and uphold the claim that he is still undefeated.

Do you think Sean O’Malley is good enough to challenge for the title?


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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.