At the end of the year, on December 11, Sean O'Malley will have one of the toughest matches in his UFC career so far. On the other side of the cage will stand Brazilian Raulian Paiva (21-3-0, 3-2 UFC), currently the 15th-ranked fighter on the UFC’s bantamweight challenger rankings.
"Sugar" will be looking for the third-celebration in a row in this match. Paiva defeated Kyler Phillips by a majority decision of the referees in July this year, and now one of the biggest stars of the category is waiting for him.
However, Raelian believes O'Malley has not encountered particularly quality opponents. '' Thomas Almeida was practically at the end of his UFC career, and Kris Moutinho, who took the fight to a 'short notice', was noticeably lighter than him."
"Moutinho could have received the blows, but he was much inferior. Sean lost when he fought a top fighter. Marlon Vera is very experienced and has a lot of fights done in the UFC." "He was putting pressure on him and that’s it.
Sean was exhausted, he became desperate and Vera finished him, '' Raulian began for MMA Fighting.
Brazilian Paiva believes that "Sugar" Sean is not particularly hearty, that is, he finds it difficult to cope with the pressure.
Precisely on that, Paiva will base his December 11 tactics at the UFC 269 event. '' There are certain fighters who know how to hit, but their performance drops drastically when they are pressed. That’s something I see in O’Malley."
"If you give him space, he will do his thing, but if you don’t allow him space, he falls into despair and makes more and more mistakes." "That's exactly what I'm going to do. I will press from the first to the third round if we get to the third round at all, '' Paiva explained.
Raulian Paiva has only once celebrated with a stoppage in five UFC appearances (against Marco de la Rose). A total of seven times he celebrated with stoppages throughout his professional career (four times by knockout, three times by submission).
Although he doesn’t have a reputation as a finisher, the Brazilian believes he will finish O’Malley. '' I can end up submitting him if he falls into despair, but my hands can also hit hard because he keeps his low.
However, I believe that I will win by subbmission, '' the 25-year-old Brazilian concluded. We expect O’Malley’s response soon