Sean O’Malley down for a ‘sick fight’ with Adrian Yanez, but calls post-UFC Vegas 43 comments ‘stupid’
Sean O’Malley is very much interested in a future fight with fellow young gun UFC bantamweight Adrian Yanez. However, he was not a fan of the Texan’s comments following his recent victory at UFC Vegas 43.
O’Malley (14-1) isn’t the only 135-pounder outside the top-15 that has made a whole bunch of waves and quickly gained fans. Over four Octagon appearances — following his Dana White’s Contender Series contract winning W — Yanez (15-3) has become a favorite of fans for his aggressive and pressure-filled style. With a fourth straight UFC victory over the weekend, bout with a variety of opponents — including “Sugar” — were suggested during his post-fight interview.
Although Yanez, 27, said he would be down for a scrap with O’Malley, he also took some time to explain why he hasn’t been impressed with the Montana natives UFC resume thus far.
Adrian Yanez is not impressed with Sean O’Malley’s UFC resume
“Right now he says he wants to get a ranked opponent and all that stuff but he’s dodging all these other ranked opponents. Let’s dive into that one right quick,” Yanez said during his post-fight media scrum [h/t MMAJunkie]. “So, Sean O’Malley says, ‘OK, let me go out there and let me fight a top-ranked opponent.’ But then he gets Thomas Almeida, who was on the shelf for a couple years. Then he gets on a [losing] streak and he knocks him out.
“But it takes him three rounds to do it against the guy that is coming off the couch [Kris Moutinho]. Talk about that. And then also, Eddie Wineland, who was also kind of just like off the couch for a long time, already at the tail-end of his career,” he added. “[He] knocks him out. Okay, cool. That kind of doesn’t really get no brownie points from me.”
Following Yanez’s eighth straight win overall on Saturday, O’Malley took to his Twitter and suggested a matchup in March between the pair of blue-chip prospects. Since he has respect for the fighter many have called to a bantamweight version of Jorge Masvidal. However, O’Malley was none too pleased with Yanez’s critique of his Octagon history, and said he thought the comments were “stupid.”
O’Malley says Yanez’s critiques just made him ‘sound stupid’
“Adrian Yanez won, I called him out, he talked sh*t. We’ll probably fight in March,” O’Malley said on his Timbo & Sugar Show podcast [h/t MMAJunkie]. …”He sounded stupid. I was like, ‘Damn, that’s a sick fight. That’d be a sweet next matchup’ because every time he’s fought, I’m like, ‘Damn.’ He always puts on a performance. It’s always a fun fight to watch and Din Thomas says he looks like a young Jorge Masvidal. Like, damn, that’s sick. He does.
“I said it would be fun to fight him in March, and I mean — you get called out, you take it as disrespect in a way. He did that,” he continued. “Automatically, he was like, ‘Well, he knocked out Eddie Wineland, then he knocked out Thomas Almeida and he’s just trying to find things to talk sh*t about, which I didn’t — I wanna fight because I think it’d be a sweet fight. March, and I’m not taking Paiva light either. I’ve got to get through Paiva first, but I think that would be a sweet fight.”
Before a matchup with Yanez can ever get made, O’Malley must first succeed in the task in front of him, and that is to get a win over Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 on Dec. 11. The pay-per-view event is headlined by a lightweight title fight pitting division king Charles Oliveira versus top contender and one-time interim champion Dustin Poirier.
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