Sean O’Malley Mocks Marlon Vera- Says It Would Be a Backward Step to Fight Him

Published 12/29/2020, 1:33 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Sean O’Malley kicks 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)


UFC bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley suffered his first professional loss at UFC 252 against Marlon Vera. The rising star was given a chance to raise his stocks by performing in the co-main event of the pay-per-view.

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But a calf kick from Vera injured O’Malley’s legs and he couldn’t recover from it. Subsequently, “Suga” suffered a TKO loss via ground and pound.

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Vera, on the other hand, went on to fight against former featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo, and suffered a unanimous decision loss against the Brazilian.

Mentally undefeated, O’Malley went on to mock his old foe. He also said that a rematch with Vera is a step backward for him as he is only looking to fight competition that will help him progress.

Recently, on his YouTube channel, O’Malley had discussed his views on “Chito” Vera.

It made me realize, I wanted that rematch. So, for me to rematch him, he’ll have to be on a win streak,” O’Malley said. “It’ll have to make sense. I feel like I’m just a different level fighter. That would be like fighting someone backward.”

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)

He said there’s not enough money in the world to fight me again but dude, if he loses another fight and he’s like, ‘I want to fight Sean’, he’s about to be Chito ‘Prelim’ Vera. He’s about to be back on the prelims, dude,” “Suga” concluded.

Sean O’Malley is not helping himself with such comments

There is no doubt that O’Malley has the needed talent and the potential to be a future champion. However, his loss against Vera was fair and square. Even though the outcome could have been different had he not been injured, harping upon that fact doesn’t benefit anyone.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Sean O’Malley reacts after his knockout victory over Eddie Wineland in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Injuries are part of the fight game and “Suga” is only making himself look bad with these comments. He should just take the loss on his chin and focus on coming back better and stronger.

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What do you make of O’Malley’s assessment of Vera? Are his comments out of line?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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