“That Was Was Something Very Stupid To Say”- Sean O’Malley Dismisses TJ Dillashaw’s Comments

Published 08/30/2021, 12:27 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Jose Quinonez during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw recently said he doesn’t see striking phenom Sean O’Malley as a champion of his division. Dillashaw pointed out that ‘Suga’ has holes in his game. Chael Sonnen has since come in O’Malley’s defense.

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In fact, Sonnen wanted O’Malley to grapple with either Dillashaw or Dominick Cruz in his Submission Underground show. But ‘Suga’ revealed that both men turned down the opportunity to do so. “He [Sonnen] said you wanna grapple with TJ, Dominick. I said either, that’d be great. But they both kind of didn’t want that match,” said O’Malley.

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So, what he said I have holes in my game. I don’t know if he didn’t actually mean that. He just didn’t know what to say. I am not gonna be champion, I have holes in my game. That was something very stupid to say and he was like yeah, it didn’t make sense,” said O’Malley about Dillashaw’s comments.

But yeah, I mean what do you mean I have holes in my game? Doesn’t make sense,” he added further dismissing the former champion’s opinions.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 17: UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is seen in attendance during the UFC Fight Night event at Talking Stick Resort Arena on February 17, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dillashaw earned a decision over Cory Sandhagen upon his return to the Octagon. O’Malley is currently riding a two-fight winning streak. Whether the duo eventually squares off in the Octagon at some point in time, remains to be seen.

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Chael Sonnen has come up to defend Sean O’Malley

While Dillashaw has been critical of O’Malley, Sonnen has defended the latter. He believes O’Malley is a complete fighter and doesn’t necessarily have any major weak points that his opponents can exploit.

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O’Malley is certainly a unique talent and has one of the most diverse striking games in the entire UFC roster. He has immense potential. But, ‘Suga’ hasn’t yet been tested by the elites of the 135 lbs division of the UFC. Fans can’t wait to see if O’Malley can be just as good against the very best bantamweights in the world.

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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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