“Suga” Sean O’Malley delivered one of the most ruthless striking performances in UFC history this weekend. He landed over 200 shots against Kris Moutinho over the course of three rounds, dominating the fight and securing another win for the rising bantamweight’s record.
O’Malley is a hungry, rising fighter, consistently looking for his next challenge, and he believes it will be former bantamweight champion Rob Font.
Sean O’Malley targest Rob Font for next bout
In a post-fight interview he discussed his next move in the division, and his trajectory moving forward. ““I’m definitely not getting Petr. He’s fighting Aljo. I’m definitely not getting Cody. He’s going down to ’25.
I don’t think Dominick will accept that fight. I think Rob [Font] will take it.” He continued: “I don’t really see why not. He beats me, he gets a title shot. That’s just how this game works.
I’m the biggest draw at bantamweight right now. But if I don’t get it, I don’t care. I got 10 years of fighting. We’re gonna fight everyone. So I’ll probably fight towards the end of the year.”
O’Malley’s appetite for competition is impressive, and he is one of the most exciting prospects in the bantamweight division. O’Malley is 6-1 in the UFC, with a 14-1 record overall. He’s by far the biggest name outside the top fifteen, and may be a bigger name than some fighters within it.
Rob Font, for his part, seems like he’s up for the challenge, previously telling MMA Fighting: “I’d probably fight Sean O’Malley before I’d fight Dominick Cruz. That’s the guy that’s kind of buzzing right now.
He’s got that name and I can’t wait for him to fight. Nobody is sitting here dying to watch Dominick Cruz fight. But I’m not gonna lie, I wouldn’t mind watching a ‘Suga’ Sean fight.
I think he’s the bigger name if anything.” There seems to be mutual admiration between these two bantamweights, and a fight between them may represent a passing of the torch from one generation of fighters to the next.
Font has been a perennial contender in the UFC’s bantamweight division, but with his recent victory over former champion Cody Garbrandt, he may yet have his best years ahead of him. O’Malley, the younger man, has his sights set on the title, and knows that he need to defeat major names to get there.
If Font and O’Malley fight before 2021 is up, which way do you see the fight going? Will Font go on to challenge for the bantamweight title, or will Sean O’Malley win and scale the heights required for him to do the same? Let us know in the comments.