Sean O’Malley wants to make his return to the Octagon against either Frankie Edgar or Dominick Cruz at UFC 269.
O’Malley has won five out of his six fights in the UFC, with four finishes, against unranked opponents, but with his stellar performances and growing popularity, many believe he deserves a step up in competition. ‘Suga’ wants to test himself against ranked opponents as well, but he’s specifically looking at names that are great for both his resume and bank account.
Biggest Draw At Bantamweight
Speaking to MMA Fighting, O’Malley said that he believes he’s the biggest draw in the UFC bantamweight division and isn’t far off from fighting for the title.
“I feel like I’m the main draw at 135 [pounds], I’m the biggest name at 135,” O’Malley said. “So there’s a lot of sweet, sweet, interesting fights at 135 that I would love to be a part of. Obviously I want to get paid fairly, but yeah, I think I’m not too far off from fighting for the title, main-eventing pay-per-views. … It depends. I really want to fight these three fights out and then start talking about big names. I don’t think I should be main-eventing for the money I’m making right now. I think I should be getting paid more, so we’ll see.”
Frankie Edgar Or Dominick Cruz
O’Malley is coming off a dominant third round TKO victory over Kris Moutinho at UFC 264. ‘Suga’ was linked to a fight with Edgar at UFC 266 but the date didn’t work for him, but he’s now looking to compete at UFC 269, against either Cruz or ‘The Answer’.
“At the end of the day, the UFC picks. If they offer me Frankie, like I said, I would love to fight Frankie. Frankie is a top-10 guy I think and he’s a big-name guy,” O’Malley said. “I wouldn’t have said no, ‘No, I don’t want to fight him because I want to get paid more to fight him.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll fight Frankie on December 11th in Vegas.’ I would’ve loved for that fight. That’s the fight I was hoping for and that’s the matchup I wanted. I’ll also fight Dominick Cruz on Dec. 11th.”
Do you agree with Sean O’Malley that he’s not too far off from fighting for the belt?