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Morning Report: Sean O’Malley not sure Marlon Vera deserves title shot nevertheless it’s ‘largest battle within the division’

The bantamweight division will hold the first UFC title fight rematch of 2024. Sean O’Malley’s crowning moment against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 this past August was one of the highlights of the year. The reigning bantamweight champion fulfilled his personally long-expected dream after launching to superstardom through season one of Dana White’s Contender Series

Morning Report: Sean O’Malley not sure Marlon Vera deserves title shot nevertheless it’s ‘largest battle within the division’

The bantamweight division will maintain the primary UFC title battle rematch of 2024.

Sean O’Malley’s crowning second towards Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292 this previous August was one of many highlights of the yr. The reigning bantamweight champion fulfilled his personally long-expected dream after launching to superstardom via season certainly one of Dana White’s Contender Sequence in July 2017. Alongside the way in which, there was just one setback of the “Sugar Present,” which got here reverse Ecuador’s Marlon “Chito” Vera in August 2020.

Vera TKO’d the longer term champion in spherical one and went on to stay one of many division’s most violent finishers, however small hiccups prevented him from reaching his personal title shot. The largest of these got here in early 2023 when he misplaced to Cory Sandhagen by way of a unanimous determination. “Chito,” nonetheless, rebounded to get again within the win column the identical night time that O’Malley grew to become champion as he earned a unanimous determination over Pedro Munhoz.

The victory was sufficient to earn the Ecuadorian a title shot regardless of the huge expertise pool of contenders at 135 kilos, which even shocked Vera’s rival O’Malley.

“I’m actually shocked that it’s taking place in a way,” O’Malley instructed Helen Yee. “I didn’t assume that he would get to the title shot, and did he actually deserve it after his efficiency over Pedro? I don’t know, however I believed, you realize what? It’s time that I take him out. So, right here we’re and it’s very thrilling.”

Success hasn’t been arduous to seek out for Vera (23-8-1) since his O’Malley triumph. The aforementioned mishap towards Sandhagen was solely certainly one of two losses in his seven bouts since. Finally, the loss, accidents to different contenders, and the timing couldn’t have been higher for O’Malley to go Vera by within the Sterling title battle sweepstakes.

Dangerous blood is definitely current between the 2 on this upcoming matchup because it was beforehand. It’s not wherever close to a boil although. Each males have remained composed and assured when talking about or round one another. From the champion’s perspective, he’s coming to show some extent and get redemption for his solely loss in 19 fights.

That alone is sufficient for the rematch to be value making as his first title protection, believes O’Malley.

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“I feel it’s the most important battle within the division,” O’Malley mentioned. “I feel it’s an vital battle from what occurred the primary time. I claimed that I’m undefeated and he claims that he beat me, so now March 9, we get to settle it to see who was proper.

“There’s a chance it does [go the distance]. He’s by no means been submitted, by no means been knocked out. He’s very, very sturdy. I simply really, really imagine that I’m on one other stage and going to convey a stage of efficiency that the UFC has by no means even seen. I feel I’m gonna hit a stage that folks will probably be shocked at, and I’m gonna placed on a masterful, stunning efficiency.

“We’ve seen ‘Aljo’ get knocked out, however we’ve simply by no means seen ‘Chito’ get completed. That might be additional particular,” he concluded.


Collab. BKFC President David Feldman ‘creating an ally’ throughout latest assembly with UFC CEO Dana White

Cash. Renato Moicano celebrates 62-year-old father having child, declares SWAT plans in wild post-fight speech

Victory. Nassourdine Imavov outstrikes Roman Dolidze to win UFC Vegas 85 primary occasion, will get into war of words with Chris Curtis

Tough. Someone getting fired tomorrow’: Fighters react to odd choose’s rating, bizarre UFC Vegas 85 primary occasion

Fascinating. Holly Holm thought-about being Amanda Nunes comeback opponent: ‘I have all the respect for her

Competition. Cory Sandhagen believes he might be subsequent for title shot: ‘I still see a lot of argument for me fighting for the belt

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Earned. Street to UFC video: 3 fighters earn contracts with thrilling finishes

Return. KSW champion Phil De Fries faces Josh Barnett in submission grappling match on Feb. 24

Transition. Aljamain Sterling looking forward to 145 debut: ‘I’ve been hurting for a very, very long time

Nope. Nassourdine Imavov trashes ‘quitter’ Chris Curtis, explains disinterest in rematch

Matchup. Robert Whittaker: Dricus du Plessis loss was wake-up name, ‘I beat him 9 times out of 10


UFC Vegas 85 Submit Present.

Superlek vs. Takeru in full.

C3 battle camp.

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Arnold’s Amsterdam eats.

Again drilling.



A Weili weekend.

An unlikely go to.

Ice, ice, child.

Snow scuffle.

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Night time sky.






The best achievement of your profession has been, I do not know, accomplished by a debutant with 5 days’ discover. I am going to see you quickly and we’ll repair that.

— Diego Lopes (@Diegolopesmma) February 3, 2024

Movsar Evloev UFC Profession
8 Fights 0 Finishes 1 Bonus (FOTN In opposition to Diego Lopes) in 4.5 years

Diego Lopes UFC Profession
3 fights 2 Finishes, 3 bonuses in 9 months

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You possibly can thank me for making 50k for the primary time in your profession.

— Diego Lopes (@Diegolopesmma) February 4, 2024


Not the result we needed. In a recreation of inches, I made errors, and @renato_moicano_ufc was the higher man tonight. Congratulations to him and his staff. I really feel no disgrace in placing every part on the road and testing my skills towards the very best on the earth.

— Drew Dober (@DrewDober) February 4, 2024


4 eye pokes
2 head butts
and kicking a downed opponent

What a time to be alive…

— Chris Curtis The Motion Man (@Actionman513) February 4, 2024


Benil Dariush see you in Brazil… should you assist Merica… retweet this shit and tag @ufc modafukers

— Renato Moicano UFC (@moicanoufc) February 4, 2024

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No damaged bone. I’ve to do an MRI as quickly as I get again into Canada. It seems like a torn ligament

— Diana Belbiță (@DianaBelbita) February 4, 2024




Poor Dan.


Hyder Amil (8-0) vs. Fernie Garcia (10-4); UFC Vegas 86, Feb. 10

Ihor Potieria (19-5) vs. Robert Bryczek (17-5); UFC Vegas 86, Feb. 10

Matt Schnell (16-7, 1 NC) vs. Steve Erceg (11-1); UFC Vegas 87, March 2

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Alessandro Costa (13-4) vs. Kevin Borjas (9-2); UFC 301, Could 4

Paul Craig (17-7-1) vs. Caio Borralho (15-1); UFC 301, Could 4


The sturdiness of Chito plus two additional rounds actually does make the O’Malley rematch extra compelling. I nonetheless don’t assume it’s the very best or most enjoyable title battle that may be made, nevertheless it has sufficient intrigue, clearly.

Thanks for studying!


Final Week’s Outcomes:

Friday: 92% of 657 whole votes answered “No” when requested, “Will the Dustin Poirier vs. Benoit Saint Denius negotiation story lead to any change in practice from the UFC?

Thursday: 35% of 227 whole votes answered “Roman Dolidze and Drew Dober” when requested, “Who wins this weekend?” Nassourdine Imavov defeated Dolidze by way of a majority determination in UFC Vegas 85’s primary occasion and Renato Moicano defeated Dober by way of a unanimous determination in UFC Vegas 85’s co-main occasion.

Wednesday: 60% of 724 whole votes answered “Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler” when requested, “Which interests you more right now?

Tuesday: 85% of 508 whole votes answered “No” when requested, “Is defeating Tyron Woodley the most impressive thing Jake Paul has done in boxing?

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Monday: 74% of 470 whole votes answered “Israel Adesanya” when requested, “Who does Dricus Du Plessis fight first?

At present’s exit ballot:


Is Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon “Chito” Vera the most important battle within the UFC bantamweight division?

This ballot is closed

  • 43%
  • 56%

368 votes whole

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