Recent UFC debutante, the uber-prospect, Muhammad Mokaev is already calling his shots off the back of a successful flyweight bow – eyeing up a pairing with the streaking, Sean O’Malley for UFC 276 on July 2. – claiming he would finish the adept striker in just a single round.
Mokaev, a decorated amateur competitor, IMMAF world champion and former Brave FC standout, made good on his UFC call last weekend in London, stopping Cody Durden with an opening round guillotine choke.
Wobbling Durden with a switching flying knee, Mokaev eventually established top position after defending a double-leg attempt, and within just 58-seconds of the first round, forced the tap via a taut mounted guillotine — improving to 6-0 as a professional.
Initially showing interest in a pairing against one-time division title challenger, Tim Elliott next, Mokaev has now switched focus to UFC 276 on July 2. – and in particular, O’Malley, after Elliott agreed to fight contender, Amir Albazi next.
Taking to his official Twitter account this Friday afternoon, Muhammad Mokaev, a native of Buynaksk, issued a callout to O’Malley – claiming he would finish the Montana finisher in the opening round.
“Are you available July 2nd in Vegas? @SugaSeanMMA (Sean O’Malley),” Muhammad Mokaev tweeted. “I’ll finish you in round one, I don’t care what weight, I’ll come to your division UK (British fan emoji) vs. USA (United States flag emoji) round 2 (sunglasses emoji) but this time in USA.”
A pairing with O’Malley, whilst unlikely given the former’s intentions to score a high profile pairing against the likes of Pedro Munhoz or Dominick Cruz next, would also force Mokaev to make a bantamweight division leap.
Sean O’Malley had initially targeted a UFC 274 return prior to receiving his call out from Muhammad Mokaev
O’Malley, a product of Dana White’s Contender Series – rebounded from his first professional loss opposite Marlon Vera to finish the trio of Thomas Almeida, Kris Moutinho, and most recently, Raulian Paiva with a December knockout at UFC 269.