UFC Bantamweight Star Sean O’Malley Calls Out Pedro Munhoz to Battle on July 10th

Published 04/21/2021, 6:58 AM EDT
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)


Sean O’Malley took to social media and fired a shot at Pedro Munhoz for a fight in July. ‘Sugar’ Sean has been relentlessly searching for a fight ever since he knocked out Thomas Almeida in brutal fashion. O’Malley has successfully bounced back from his loss to Marlon Vera and has re-established himself as a contender.

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Sean O’Malley recently diverted his attention towards facing the former bantamweight champion Petr Yan. Chiefly, ‘No Mercy’ Yan was to rematch Aljamain Sterling after their controversial bout, however, Sterling will be out for months following surgery. However, Yan wasn’t too keen to give O’Malley the opportunity to possibly become the next top contender with a win.

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Is Pedro Munhoz Sean O’Malley’s line to the title?

The Arizona native may not be getting Petr Yan, however, another top contender may just have stepped up. O’Malley turned his attention towards Pedro Munhoz and it seems like the fight will come together. After a quick call-out, Sean O’Malley revealed that he would be facing Munhoz on July 10.

The UFC has yet to come out and make the fight official, however, O’Malley certainly seems optimistic that the fight will be booked. Munhoz is a dangerous contender who has faced some elite 135-pounders in his career. Although his last loss was to Frankie Edgar, Munhoz holds a TKO win over former champion Cody Garbrandt.

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Furthermore, ‘The Young Punisher’ is back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Jimmy Rivera. He’s ranked number 8 in the division and provides O’Malley with a clear shot to enter the top 10 with a win. However, Munhoz’s style is well safeguarded against Sean O’Malley’s crafty strikes and it will be a tough night at the office.

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)

Sean O’Malley is clearly looking for the fast track to the UFC title and a win over Pedro Munhoz will be just that. Ironically, he would end up passing ‘Chito’ Vera in the rankings if he beats Munhoz. Given his rivalry with O’Malley, the Ecuadorean fighter in Vera is certainly going to have something to say to that.

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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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