Amongst many names, Sean O’Malley picked Kris Moutinho to be his next opponent

After Louis Smolka pulled out due to an injury, Sean O'Malley will now face Kris Moutinho in his next fight, Merab Devalishvili is also interested to fight him.

Sean O'Malley vs Kris Moutinho
Sean O'Malley vs Kris Moutinho

Sean O’Malley was supposed to face Louis Smolka at UFC 264, but Smolka pulled out from the fight due to an injury, now the UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho is stepping up on short notice to face the “Sugar Show.”

On Wednesday, O’Malley hinted that he was interested in fighting Ricky Simon, but later during a Twitch stream, he announced that he will be fighting Kris Moutinho.

O’Malley put up a wonderful performance against Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 and knocked him out to get back in the win column after suffering his first pro loss against Marlon Vera at UFC 252, he is 13-1 on his professional record (mentally undefeated though) and is looking for another highlight reel with this one.

Moutinho is 9-4 on his professional record and has won two straight fights, with his most recent victory coming against Andrew Salad by third-round submission at a Cage Fury Championships show on May 28.

Merab Dvalishvili says he’s been asking for Sean O’Malley fight for three years

Merab Dvalishvili and Sean O Malley
Merab Dvalishvili and Sean O Malley

After Smolka pulled out from the fight, there were many in the divisions that wanted to fight the Sugar Show on short notice, one of them was the top-ranked contender Merab Dvalishvili.

When asked about if he would take this short notice fight, he said, “Sure, I’m in here in Vegas training hard, and I always love to take fights, I’ve been mentioning Sean O’Malley’s name for three years already. So, I would love to fight him. He’s a great fighter, and it makes me excited to fight him, so if he wants to fight with me, I’m ready.” 

He added, “I would take the Sean O’Malley fight in 10 days and the Marlon Moraes fight in September. I have time, I’m training smart and hard, and I want both fights. I heard so many guys want to fight him, but I have a name, I’m top 10. It’s Conor McGregor’s fight card, so they need a big name, I guess, because they don’t want a debut guy. I think I have a big name; I’m top 10. If I’m him, I’d take my fight because I’m top 10.”

“I know him from Dana White’s Contender Series, I watched his knockouts, and I said, ‘Wow, this guy is good. I want to fight him. He’s young, he’s a knockout artist, and I’ve always wanted to fight with him because I want to challenge myself. I think stylistically it’s gonna be good because I have more like a grappling style, he’s a good striker, and I’m just gonna mix, test my striking with him. {H/T MMA Junkie}

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