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Coach: Ilia Topuria’s model is ‘a superb battle’ for Sean O’Malley — and Topuria is aware of it

Sean O’Malley’s longtime head coach Tim Welch agrees with the UFC bantamweight champion that a superfight against Ilia Topuria should be the next matchup if both fighters win their respective title bouts against Marlon Vera and Alexander Volkanovski. “Who wouldn’t want to see that fight?” Welch said on The MMA Hour. “That would be a

Coach: Ilia Topuria’s model is ‘a superb battle’ for Sean O’Malley — and Topuria is aware of it

Sean O’Malley’s longtime head coach Tim Welch agrees with the UFC bantamweight champion {that a} superfight towards Ilia Topuria ought to be the subsequent matchup if each fighters win their respective title bouts towards Marlon Vera and Alexander Volkanovski.

“Who wouldn’t need to see that battle?” Welch stated on The MMA Hour. “That will be a candy battle. Ilia’s one in every of our favourite fighters to look at. He’s one of the technical, sound guys on the market, simply watching his boxing. However I’ve seen them in the identical room, I’ve seen them — Ilia’s not approach larger [than O’Malley]. And Ilia’s an orthodox man, he’s received a very extensive stance, he’s received a brilliant linear stance — and we’ve been preventing orthodox boxers [O’Malley’s] complete profession. Orthodox boxers like that who’re good, they actually need to get their jab began. It’s only a good battle for Sean. He’s good at knocking them out.

“And I feel you’ll be able to type of hear it in Ilia’s voice whenever you even carry up Sean. It doesn’t appear to be he’s that involved in that. It’s like, why wouldn’t you be that involved in that? That’s an enormous battle, particularly for Ilia. However Ilia brings up Conor McGregor. It’s like, OK, so that you’re going battle Conor McGregor at 185 kilos? That simply doesn’t even appear reasonable in any respect. However [Topuria vs. O’Malley is] undoubtedly a battle that’s fascinating. And individuals who say, ‘Oh my God, [O’Malley is] so silly, Ilia would kill him,’ it’s like, yeah, that’s what everybody stated about Petr Yan, that’s what everybody stated about [Aljamain Sterling].”

O’Malley, 29, makes the primary protection of his UFC bantamweight title in a rematch towards the one man to defeat him in MMA, “Chito” Vera, on March 9 at UFC 299.

Topuria, 27, challenges Volkanovski for the UFC featherweight strap this Saturday in the principle occasion of UFC 298. The undefeated Spaniard is an ideal 5-0 in his UFC profession with a quartet of stoppage wins over Bryce Mitchell, Ryan Hall, Damon Jackson, and Jai Herbert. Topuria handily defeated Josh Emmett in his most up-to-date bout and has exuded confidence forward of his title problem towards Volkanovski, nonetheless Welch isn’t as offered.

“I want I may see the kind of people who Ilia is sparring,” Welch stated, “since you noticed how good Volkanovski is kicking the legs towards Max Holloway. He’s simply whacking his legs the entire time, and Ilia’s stance is so sideways, it’s such a protracted boxing stance. Ilia’s such a powerful counter-puncher although, he’s received the chance to clip Volk.

“However I feel if I needed to choose, I feel Volk may beat him up.”

O’Malley has campaigned closely for a shot on the 145-pound strap if Topuria manages to finish the five-year reign of Volkanovski this weekend in Anaheim, Calif.

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These calls to already transfer up in weight and problem for champ-champ standing have rubbed a number of bantamweight contenders the fallacious approach, particularly with Cory Sandhagen and, particularly, Merab Dvalishvili present as worthy challengers for O’Malley’s belt. Dvalishvili faces former two-division champion Henry Cejudo in a marquee bout at UFC 299 and can tie the document for consecutive UFC bantamweight wins with 9 if profitable.

Based on Welch, O’Malley’s aspirations of two-division gold gained’t preclude the champ from dealing with no matter enterprise must be dealt with at 135 kilos.

“For certain, it’s certain to occur — the Cory Sandhagen battle is certain to occur, one hundred pc. Merab, it’s certain to occur,” Welch stated. “If Merab whoops Henry’s ass, then that battle’s certain to occur. If Henry whoops Merab’s ass, that’s certain to occur too. I don’t actually cope with that an excessive amount of, however I do know Sean needs the largest fights, which, you’ll be able to’t blame him. And no matter goes to be the largest battle is what he’s going to need to do.”

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