Sean O’Malley Trolls Derek Brunson After He Puts His House as a Bet for UFC 260

Published 03/28/2021, 3:59 PM EDT


Sean O’Malley is back with a bang as the bantamweight contender earned a spectacular knockout finish of Thomas Almeida. ‘Sugar’ suffered the first loss of his professional career at UFC 252 against Marlon Vera. Fans continued to pick on him for that, and O’Malley said ahead of his return not to bet on him.

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Veteran middleweight contender Derek Brunson seemingly took the advice as he tweeted before the fight that he is looking to bet the house on Almeida.

Well, O’Malley proved his merit in the fight as one might argue he finished Almeida twice in the fight. O’Malley dropped his opponent in the 1st round of the fight as the contest could have been stopped then.

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Im betting the house on Thomas Almeida. Let’s see if I’ll be homeless by the end of the night !” wrote Brunson on Twitter. That certainly didn’t escape O’Malley’s attention as he proceeded to provide a hilarious response. “I got an extra room at the crib,” ‘Sugar’ replied.

Many counted O’Malley out, disregarding him as a legitimate contender in the 135lbs division of the UFC after his loss to Vera. However, one might argue that the loss was a bit unfortunate for ‘Sugar’ as a nerve issue caused his legs to buckle.

But he put all those doubts to bed with his signature performance against Almeida. It was a masterclass in short. O’Malley put all his skills to full display against a tough and established contender of the division.

What’s next for Sean O’Malley?

O’Malley deserves to fight at the top-of-the-food-chain. Maybe an opponent from the Top-10 can be a good match-up for the colorful fighter.

Fighters like Pedro Munhoz, or Raphael Assuncao can be a good test for the rising star. A win over a contender of that caliber will catapult him to the upper echelon of the UFC’s bantamweight division.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Sean O’Malley poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

He is back in the spotlight, and the exchange with Brunson was just a highlight of his character. ‘Sugar’ never fails to entertain his followers, be it by his actions inside the Octagon or outside of it. O’Malley is a complete package and is back on track again. The rest of the bantamweight division better take notice.

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What do you think is next for ‘Sugar’? Who should he fight?

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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