Sean O’Malley confident of fighting Ilia Topuria next: “That’s just what’s happening”

Sean O’Malley explains under what conditions he will fight Ilia Topuria next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Sean O’Malley confident of fighting Ilia Topuria next: “That’s just what’s happening”
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The UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley aspires to rule over two different weight divisions; he has been going back and forth with the featherweight title challenger Ilia Topuria. Very interestingly, Sean O’Malley recently confessed that he would fight Ilia Topruia next, considering Topuria dethrones Alexander Volkanovski and he himself is successful in his first title defence against Marlon Vera.

Sean O’Malley is ambitious about the future; apart from being a multi-division champion, he also hopes to enter the world of boxing and fight against some of the prominent names there.

As for now, Sean O’Malley has a tough task ahead. He will be facing Marlon Vera for his 1st title defense/rematch on 9th March.

Sean O’Malley on fighting Ilia Topuria

Recently on the TimboSugarShow Podcast, Sean O’Malley shared his thoughts on fighting Ilia Topuria next.

“If he goes out there and beats ‘Volk’, and I go out there and beat ‘Chito,’ that fight’s happening next,” O’Malley said, as quoted by “That’s just what’s happening.

Something I’ve never understood ... I’m clearly, whether you guys agree or not, UFC thinks so, I’m a potentially massive star already, If Ilia thinks I’m an easy fight — who’s a bigger fight than me? Conor would be a bigger fight, yes.

Conor’s not gonna fight Ilia. Conor literally, probably doesn’t [know who he is] — maybe he does. Ilia’s sick. I like watching him fight. He’s very dangerous, very skilled. But if I’m an easy fight for these guys, I don’t know why — it was back in the day when I was calling out Dominick Cruz, calling out Cody Garbrandt, they were like, ‘He sucks, I’m not gonna fight him.’ Why not fight the guy who’s an easy fight with the big mouth and big name? Why not? I don’t get it”.

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