“If Yan wins, he is NEXT-” Sean O’Malley names these 3 fighters deserving of a title shot apart from him

O'Malley is making the biggest advancement in the difficulty of fights by fighting a former UFC bantamweight champion at a time when his last fight against a ranked opponent for the first time didn't go his way at all.

Sean O'Malley
Sean O'Malley

Sean O’Malley is one of the biggest names in the UFC, but he does know the worth of a strong resume and impeccable skill set in order for a fighter to get the biggest fight of his career, the title shot. O’Malley, the #12 ranked UFC bantamweight who’s been fighting the unranked opponents throughout his UFC career so far, except for Pedro Munhoz which ended up being a no contest, is making a major bump in his scheme of challenges as he will next face former UFC bantamweight champion and #1 ranked bantamweight, Petr Yan.

In an interview with The Schmo, O’Malley talks about reaching Dubai 2 weeks before UFC 280, people clicking pictures with his pink colour Lamborghini, his next fight against Yan, his prediction for Khamzat Chimaev’s run at middleweight in the near future and much more. In the midst of all, O’Malley also talks about who else, apart from him he thinks is deserving of a title shot.

“Probably Chito,” says O’Malley indicating the name of Ecuadorian MMA fighter Marlon Vera, also, the only fighter to have a win over O’Malley. “Coming off the win over Dom, [even] Cory [Sandhagen], he’s always up there… if TJ wins [his title fight against Aljamain Sterling] and Petr wins [against O’Malley], maybe Petr. But the way I see it, I think about to go out there & put Petr’s lights out and get the next title shot…” he continued.

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Sean O’Malley talks about the Mount Rushmore of the current biggest names in the UFC

Sean O'Malley
Sean O’Malley

In the same interview with a fresh breath of another question, O’Malley also talks about the Mount Rushmore of the megastars in the UFC. O’Malley not only talks about the contemporaries, but he also predicts the next Mt. Rushmore from out of the next generation of megastars.

“Currently… Conor’s gotta be always up there, Nate [Diaz]… Jorge [Masvidal], Jon Jones, the big names, but I do think me, Paddy, Khamzat are the next wave of the big names,” said O’Malley.

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What do you make of O’Malley‘s suggestion on potential title contenders for the 135 lbs belt? The current bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling will defend his title for the second time against the former 2-time champion, TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280. Who do you think will win that fight? Who do you think wins between O’Malley and Yan at UFC 280? What do you make of O’Malley’s conclusion on the current Mt. Rushmore of the UFC megastars?

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Abhai Singh Tanwar is MMA writer at FirstSportz. He is a combat sports enthusiast who was a Taekwondo practitioner for a decade and practiced MMA for six months. Other than combat sports, hobbies and interests include listening music, writing poems, etc. Previously have written content for Spirit for Youth Foundation and The Happy Company.