Sean O’Malley Accuses Ricky Simon of Not Being Able to Make Weight Despite Issuing a Challenge

Published 06/30/2021, 11:29 PM EDT


Sean O’Malley has taken a jab at Ricky Simon and claimed that Simon made a disingenuous offer to fight him. ‘Sugar’ Sean was recently out of an opponent for UFC 264 after Louis Smolka pulled out. A myriad of bantamweight contenders took to social media and offered to take on O’Malley on short notice.

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Ricky Simon was amongst the fighters who threw their hat in the ring, and O’Malley expressed an interest to fight him. However, after seemingly accepting the fight on Instagram, O’Malley then sent a follow-up on Twitter attacking Simon. Sean O’Malley claimed that Ricky Simon couldn’t make the required limit and essentially believed he called out his bluff.

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However, Ricky Simon isn’t one to take things lying down, and he decided to hit back with a vengeance. Despite O’Malley’s claims, sources confirmed to BJ Penn.com that Simon offered to step up for a featherweight clash. However, both the UFC and O’Malley wanted the fight to take place at bantamweight.

Sean O’Malley got his wish and will be facing CES veteran Kris Moutinho at UFC 264. Moutinho will make his UFC debut and fans aren’t quite sure what to expect about the match-making decision. Moutinho, on a two-fight win streak, has picked up a TKO and a submission in his last two outings.

Sean O’Malley: An overview

O’Malley is coming off a sensational KO win over Thomas Almeida that announced his return in a huge way. ‘Sugar’ Sean was defeated by Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera at UFC 252 via TKO in a fight that could have been a setback. Additionally, O’Malley decided to outright deny the loss and fans were concerned about how he would fare in a comeback fight.

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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 put all questions to rest and has established that he’s in it for the long haul. He’s on the verge of breaking into contention and will want to continue his hot streak going forward.

Additionally, his cache is at an all-time high and there’s no better time to get into the Sean O’Malley business as a fight fan.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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