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Morning Report: Sean O’Malley keen to maneuver as much as light-weight for ‘legendary’ Conor McGregor battle

Sean O’Malley wants the big fights. UFC 299 was a great night for the “Sugar Show” this past March. In the evening’s main event, the 135-pound titleholder O’Malley avenged his loss to the only man to beat him in his MMA career, Marlon “Chito” Vera, when he pitched a shutout en route to a unanimous

Morning Report: Sean O’Malley keen to maneuver as much as light-weight for ‘legendary’ Conor McGregor battle

Sean O’Malley needs the large fights.

UFC 299 was an excellent evening for the “Sugar Present” this previous March. Within the night’s important occasion, the 135-pound titleholder O’Malley avenged his loss to the one man to beat him in his MMA profession, Marlon “Chito” Vera, when he pitched a shutout en path to a unanimous determination.

O’Malley, 29, is probably going subsequent to be challenged by clear high contender Merab Dvalishvili however continues to entertain different wild potentialities. Forward of his latest victory, O’Malley teased a transfer as much as attempt to turn out to be a dual-division champion by difficult undefeated 15-0 featherweight king Ilia Topuria. Different names on O’Malley’s goal checklist included high boxers like Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis. Talking of Garcia, simply this previous week, Conor McGregor was upset by the information of Garcia’s optimistic drug check, which led to a random shot at O’Malley. It’s now “idols to rivals” for the bantamweight champion, and the thought of a “Infamous” matchup could be inconceivable to show down regardless of the dimensions distinction.

“He’s huge these days,” O’Malley mentioned of McGregor on Bradley Martyn’s Raw Talk. “I’m fairly lifelike on the subject of huge guys. I’m like, okay, I’m a ‘35er. I keep in my lane and I do my factor. I may go as much as ‘45, I’d battle ‘Volk’ (Alexander Volkanovski), I’d battle Max [Holloway], I’d battle Ilia, however I keep in my lane.

“Conor’s one of many solely guys I’d battle that I’m like that motherf*cker’s huge. I’d simply battle him at ‘55. To start with, it’s an enormous payday, second of all, it’s Conor. That will be legendary. So, he’s one of many uncommon guys I’d battle which can be manner out of my weight class.”

It’s been three years since McGregor final stepped foot contained in the octagon and sadly left it on a stretcher after breaking his leg in opposition to Dustin Poirier. The previous UFC featherweight and light-weight champion isn’t going to finish his profession there, although. McGregor, 36, returns in opposition to Michael Chandler in a welterweight affair at UFC 303 on June 29.

O’Malley vs. McGregor is a longshot with all issues thought-about and even his hopeful dream matchup of going through Topuria has light with Holloway in sizzling pursuit of “El Matador.” In the end, all choices are troublesome at this level for “Sugar.” Nonetheless, he feels the boxers are the simpler ones, however appreciates a few of the antics, like these seen by Garcia earlier than his latest majority determination over Devin Haney.

When it comes to precise beef or points with folks, O’Malley says they’re behind him. It’s all enjoyable and video games with the present crop of names he’s poked and prodded at.

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“Ilia’s a troublesome battle, Max is a troublesome battle, Merab’s a troublesome battle,” O’Malley mentioned. “There’s actually — at this level in my profession — there’s no straightforward battle aside from Ryan Garcia.

“I loved the build-up [to his last fight]. I believed he f*cking crushed it whether or not he’s loopy or faking it, I loved it. It acquired me very within the battle. What he’s been tweeting and posting, how he’s been appearing after, I’m there for it. The rationale I like Conor a lot is as a result of he’s such a f*cking character. He’s such a unique character. Ryan’s doing that proper now. I find it irresistible. I believe it’s f*cking superior.

“I can’t consider anybody that there’s precise beef,” he concluded. “Me and ‘Chito’ have beef however I 50-44’d him so it’s form of laborious to beat that. Gervonta Davis, the boxers I like speaking sh*t to simply as a result of they’re so — they’re like, ‘Yeah, however I may field you.’ Yeah, however I can kill you, quick. It’s form of enjoyable speaking [to them].”


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VIDEO STEW

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Sound & Pound.

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RIZIN 46 Full fights.

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From the archive.

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MORNING MUSIC

Let’s have a metallic rave.

Go to Twitter, use the #MorningReport hashtag, or discover certainly one of my tweets with it, and drop me a jam you’re at the moment actually into. I’ll choose the perfect one alongside my every day alternative and provide you with a shoutout! You too can share within the feedback beneath — these are simply tougher to sift via generally!

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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Poor man.

DDP can do all of it.

— The Masked Singer South Africa (@MaskedSingerZA) May 6, 2024

Respect.

At present is a tragic day for me
1 of my solely associates within the sport of boxing is looking it quits.
Sure we fought twice trigger it’s a enterprise however the historical past between us few know @HeatherHardyBox & I’ve been associates & sparring companions our whole boxing careers. We have been each outcasts… pic.twitter.com/q4JEiMoMej

— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) May 7, 2024

Locked in.

Nap time.

Revenge seeker.

Again at it.

Punching.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

I don’t know if “legendary” is the correct descriptor for that hypothetical matchup, however it will be absurd and attention-grabbing purely off of ridiculousness and the place every at the moment is of their careers.

Thanks for studying!


EXIT POLL

Ballot

Who would win in a light-weight battle?

This ballot is closed

  • 75%
    Conor McGregor

    (325 votes)

  • 24%
    Sean O’Malley

    (108 votes)



433 votes whole

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