One of the most interesting careers within martial arts at the moment is that of Sean O'Malley. The charismatic UFC bantamweight fighter is one of those that no one can be indifferent to. He is also aware of that, so he balances very successfully with his fans and 'haters.
What none of the above can deny him is his great fighting talent and attractiveness in performances, which is why each of his fights is worth mentioning. After successfully completing two already this year, the third fight will be recorded by “Sugar” in December at UFC 269 events.
And that fight, which he refuted yesterday, after some announcements. He probably wanted to make the announcement in his own style, by posting on Instagram, which he did now. In short, O’Malley will fight Raulian Paiva, his first-ranked opponent since becoming part of the UFC.
The 25-year-old Brazilian Paiva (21-3, 3-2 UFC) is currently in a three-game winning streak and in 15th place in the Bantam Challenger rankings. In his last fight, he defeated Kyler Phillips a bit surprisingly, after which he won the mentioned position.
For him, this will be the second fight this year, and he registered the mentioned performance in July. O’Malley (14-1, 6-1 UFC) suffered his only defeat so far after an injury. It is about last year's fight against Marlon Vera, and he stated that due to the whole set of circumstances, he does not even consider that defeat as such.
Sean recorded his last four victories by knockout, and each time he earned a bonus.
Nunes vs Pena
The UFC 269 event will be led by Amanda Nunes and Julianne Pena’s title fight in the women’s bantam, and the men’s fly title fight between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo is also on the program.
Valentina Schevchenko's statement regarding the fight between Nunes and her is interesting "I have a feeling she doesn't want that fight to happen. She is aware that her victory in our second fight was gifted to her. Gifted by the referees." "She knows she was overpowered by a girl smaller than she is, a girl in the lower category.
And because of all that, she certainly feels pressure from inside." "That's why she keeps repeating in interviews that she beat me twice. But it's just a camouflage of what she actually feels. Of course that when someone overcomes you two categories below you leaves some uncomfortable feeling. That's why I think she doesn't want that fight, "Valentina said.
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