Sean O’Malley Already Looking Past Raulian Paiva – Has an Opponent in Mind for March

Published 11/21/2021, 4:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight 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)


Sean O’Malley is one of the biggest prospects in the UFC right now. The hype around the man is huge, and he has somewhat lived up to it as well. ‘Suga’ will be back in action at UFC 269, against a fellow prospect, Raulian Paiva.

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Despite already having an opponent, O’Malley seems interested in another name. Adrian Yanez, who came out as the winner in a tough fight at UFC Fight Night 198, is a fight that interests him. Yanez is currently on an eight-fight win streak and is known for his striking. After he got the win, ‘Suga’ dropped a cryptic message which said, “March.”

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The tweet got the attention of the current UFC bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling. He said, “Who you Trynna fight, champ?” O’Malley replied, “Yanez, champ.”

Even though it looks like a promising matchup, O’Malley has a fight coming up, and that too with a tricky opponent. He should look to get past him first before looking at Yanez.

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Adrian Yanez blasted Sean O’Malley

Fresh off a win against Davey Grant at UFC Fight Night 198, O’Malley called Yanez out. However, after saying he’ll be ready to fight him, Yanez blasted him.

He said, “Oh yeah, sure. Maybe, whatever. I would definitely fight Sean O’Malley. It’s just right now, he says he wants to try to get a ranked opponent and all that stuff but yeah, he’s dodging all these other ranked opponents. Let’s dive into that one right quick. So, Sean O’Malley says, ‘Okay, let me go out there and let me fight a top-ranked opponent.’ but then he gets Thomas Almeida, who is on the shelf for a couple of years… he knocks him out but takes him three rounds to do it. He was coming off the couch.”

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“Eddie Wineland, he was also off the couch for a long time, already at the tail-end of his career, knocks him out… When he fought Kris Moutinho, he had the chance to fight a guy [Ricky Simon], I think, who was ranked at the time… but then doesn’t fight him. But also, I’d be down to fight him. I don’t care,” he added.

Things are only going to get exciting from here on, and we cannot rule a fight between the two in the future.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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