“Beg me to stop,” Marlon Vera anticipates Sean O’Malley to quit before the final bell in their rematch showdown at UFC 299
Marlon Vera predicts Sean O'Malley's defeat in their UFC 299 rematch; remains sure of his chances to go toe-to-toe.
Marlon Vera, who faces Sean O'Malley a UFC 299 is sure of the opponent losing (Source: IMAGO/Twitter)
In their next meeting, Marlon Chito Vera doesn’t think champion Sean O’Malley will last five rounds with him. Vera, who is 21-8-1 MMA and 15-7 UFC, will take on the bantamweight champion at UFC 299. Vera handed O’Malley his only career skid in 2020 via first-round TKO. O’Malley has been looking to avenge that loss ever since. Vera himself has advocated for the titular fight ever since UFC 292.
In their last encounter, Vera had instigated the upset with a kick to the peroneal nerve. He then followed it up with some serious ground-and-pound, finishing the opponent. The fighter envisions a similar result to occur in March, yet again. Speaking on the “Believe You Me” podcast, about Sean O’Malley, he said:
I beat the f*ck out of him and walk away with a bag of cash and the belt. I really believe I’m going to make him quit. I really believe I’m going to make him just be a shell of himself and just kick his a*s, almost like beg me to stop kind of thing.
Conversely, Vera credited O’Malley for knocking out Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 to claim the bantamweight title but said he’s a completely different striker than Sterling. He also commended the opposition on their pacing and subsequent athleticism. But Vera aspires to be ready for it.
O’Malley had been repeatedly, and publicly lobbying for this rematch. With Vera at #6 in the divisional rankings, the decision had caught much heat from fans and peers. The O’Malley vs. Vera 2 bantamweight title bout at UFC 299 is yet to receive a specific venue.
UFC champion Sean O’Malley vows to be ‘biggest name in sport’ in 2024
UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley makes his maiden title defense at UFC 299. He faces Marlon Vera in his next bout. Vera is the only one to provide him with a prominent career loss, at UFC 252. So, despite objections all around, he has chosen the lower-ranking Vera, to settle the score.
O’Malley, who is 17-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC knocked out Aljamain Sterling previously, to score the bantamweight gold. Pulling off a similar feat, he thinks he can be the biggest sporting entity by 2024.
While he lauded the opponent and acknowledged the challenge he posed, O’Malley had his own points to make. He said he did not want a stale bout, like that of Vera vs. Pedro Munhoz. He aspires for an all-around better performance that would thrust him into more success. Speaking at The MMA Hour, he said:
I will be the biggest name in sports...I go out there and knock out ‘Chito,’ get one more fight end of the year, win that, 2-0 in 2024, I believe I will be the biggest name in sports. Especially doing it in spectacular fashion, not boring like ‘Chito’ vs. Pedro...
Additionally, the champion also, recently, playfully tweeted on the same. O’Malley is confident their rematch will prove that he’s the better fighter.
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