O’Malley’s booking against top-ranked Yan is warranted
Former UFC featherweight champion and current bantamweight Jose Aldo sees no problem with Sean O’Malley sharing the Octagon with the division’s top contender at 135 pounds.
Last month, O’Malley made a disappointing visit to Las Vegas during International Fight Week, his goal of a top-10 finish dwindling following an accidental peek during his opener. UFC 276 main card against Pedro Munhoz.
But despite still sitting at No. 13 on the ladder and yet to add a ranked name to the win column of his record, O’Malley has been lined up for a stage in the competition. similar to the usual series of impressive victories.
At UFC 280 in October, “Sugar” will make the long-haul flight to Abu Dhabi for a cage date with former undisputed and interim titleholder Petr Yan.
The announcement came as a surprise to many, with Michal Bisping suggesting a rematch with Munhoz was the natural next step for O’Malley.
While some have since hailed the game, noting that it will truly determine the rising star’s ceiling, others have suggested the Montana native has yet to earn the opportunity to perhaps get a shot. On title.
Now, another of the division’s contenders looking to secure a championship opportunity next time around has backed the promotion’s decision to ride “Sugar” to the top.
Aldo: O’Malley/Yan will be a “great fight”
This weekend at UFC 278, Jose Aldo will be looking to claim a shot at bantamweight gold, currently held by Aljamain Sterling, by adding the name of the champion’s teammate Merab Dvalishvili to his impressive winning streak.
Should O’Malley upset the odds two months later, ‘Junior’ could still get the green light, with the American previously saying he would give the Brazil legend the place above him in the queue. Perhaps knowing that O’Malley won’t take away a title shot is what led Aldo to back the booking against Yan.
During media day on wednesday ahead of the pay-per-view held in Utah, Aldo suggested there was no problem with O’Malley being paired with the No. 1-ranked contestant, pointing to the star’s good form rising.
“I don’t see a problem at all. First of all, he’s going through a really good phase,” Aldo said. “And also, every fighter has the right to fight for a championship. And that’s what you (should) want. You want to be a champion. So obviously there were other calls in there, but I mean, they got him there, so why not (fight)? And I think it’s going to be a great fight.
Whether or not members of the MMA community share the same sentiment as Aldo, it stands to reason that most will tune in to see how O’Malley fares against his toughest test yet.
Do you agree with José Aldo’s take on Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan?