Sean O’Malley Eyes Fights With Either Rob Font, ‘Prelim’ Pedro Munhoz Next

    ByRoss Markey

    Dec 29, 2021

    Recently minted #12 ranked UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has already set his sights on his next future opponent, or opponents, rather – including the recent headliner, #5 ranked, Rob Font, or the #10 rated contender, Pedro Munhoz. 

    Montana native, O’Malley, turned in an impressive opening round knockout win over Brazil’s, Raulian Paiva at UFC 268 earlier this month – landing a brisk and sharp combination at the fence to flatten the former top-15 contender.

    Earlier on the card, however, in the featured preliminary slot, the aforenoted, Munhoz suffered an eventual one-sided unanimous decision defeat to former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz – dropping his second straight loss.

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    As for the aforenoted New England Cartel standout, Font, the Massachusetts native faltered back to the #5 slot at bantamweight courtesy of a unanimous decision defeat of his own against former featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC Vegas 44 at the beginning of this month. The loss snapped Font’s eye-catching four-fight winning streak. 

    Now undefeated in his last three – which includes three strikes stoppage victories over Paiva, as well as Kris Moutinho, and now-organizational alum, Thomas Almeida, O’Malley, who has also recently flirted with an outing against Adrian Yanez – believes he may be heading on a collision course with either Font or Munhoz next.

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    Prelim Pedro (Munhoz) or Rob Font, somewhere in that direction,” O’Malley said on his podcast. (H/T MMA Island)

    Before his loss to Aldo at the beginning of this month, Font had scored notable victories over former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, as well as Marlon Moraes, and Ricky Simon – after a decision win over current Bellator bantamweight best, Sergio Pettis.

    Dropping defeats in four of his last five Octagon walks, Munhoz’s sole win in that timeframe came in a unanimous decision victory over Jimmie Rivera back in February. The re-run earned both Munhoz and Rivera Fight of the Night accolades.

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