Off the back of a stunning opening round knockout win over Raulian Paiva to open the main card of UFC 269 last weekend, the now-#13 ranked bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has claimed he will soon be fighting the upper-echelon and elite of the bantamweight division.
Turning in his third straight victory and third successive knockout stoppage, Montana native, O’Malley dropped Paiva toward the close of the opening round with a well-placed overhand right shot, before pressing the Brazilian against the fence and stopping him with a flurry of strikes. The win earned O’Malley a Performance of the Night bonus.
Upon the release of the updated rankings this week to reflect the UFC 269 card, O’Malley landed at the #13 slot at bantamweight, stepping ahead of the duo of Song Yadong and Cody Stamann.
Previously, O’Malley had questioned why he should fight higher level competition if he receives the same payday for fighting the #16 ranked contender or the #1 rated challenger. And now UFC president, Dana White insists the promotion are going to have to compensate him some more to take fights within the top-15 at 135lbs.
“When you talk to him (Sean O’Malley), two things: He wants to get paid, and he wants to fight higher-level competition,” White told media assembled post-UFC 269. “Looks like we’re going to have to pay him, get him some fights.”
Reacting to his move to the #13 rank at bantamweight, O’Malley insisted that he had no urge to party anymore after cracking the divisional top-15, and alluded to some high-level fights as a result.
“Now, I just want to f*cking get healthy and then just get back to training,” O’Malley said on his podcast. “Because, dude, we are going to be fighting the best of the best very soon. And it is that once you start fighting the best of the best, you do not go backwards… I have zero craving to go to parties at the moment.” (H/T BJPENN.com)
Prior to his win over Paiva, O’Malley had landed a pair of impressive knockout wins over both Kris Moutinho, and promotional-alum, Thomas Almeida earlier this year.
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