Sean O’Malley Says Pedro Munhoz ‘Robbed’ Him Of Highlight-Reel KO: ‘That Wasn’t A F*cking Poke In The Eye’

O'Malley goes on a rant regarding his no contest against Munhoz.

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‘Suga’ doesn’t feel so sweet about his latest result against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276.

Sean O’Malley’s fight with Munhoz would end in anticlimactic fashion after Munhoz cited an eye injury in round 2. O’Malley apparently poked Munhoz in the eye so bad, the Brazilian couldn’t see out of it. After some inspection, the cageside doctor would call a stop to the contest. 

‘Fake Foul’

Munhoz would post the aftermath of his injury following the fight, showing he had suffered a corneal abrasion from the eye poke. O’Malley, on the other hand, denies that it was a serious eye poke. 

“First of all, Pedro says I poked him in the eye… which I didn’t,” O’Malley said on his podcast. “Maybe a little bit, but his eye was closed to be fair. The thing he posted about the eye being scratched or whatever, I had multiple people hit me up saying you can get that from the wind blowing dirt in your eye. You can get that same injury [corneal abrasion].

“Then he said I poked him twice. So he thought the first one, when I punched him in the eye [in the first round] was a poke. That’s the one that swole his left eye shut. That’s the one that really hurt him, when I punched him in the eye. My knuckle is still sore from that punch. Boom, right in the eye socket. 

Right after I punched him in the eye, I threw a teep kick, landed on the belt line. I’ve kicked people in the nuts before, I feel the cup. I did not hit him in the nuts. That was a fake foul. I hit him in the gut. Instantly, he didn’t hold his nuts, he held his eye. He was taking that low body shot, take time for his eye that I punched. That was a fake nut shot… if it hit him in the nuts, he would’ve held his nuts it would’ve hurt him more. He would’ve reacted differently to that shot.”

‘He Didn’t Want To Be On The Highlight Reel’

‘Suga’ would continue his rant, saying Munhoz robbed him of a highlight-reel knockout. 

“Then in the second round, barely poked him in the eye. Not enough to stop the fight. I poked him in the eye before, in sparring never in a fight. I poked him in the eye before and it feels gross. You don’t want to poke someone in the eye. I’ve been poked in the eye and I’ve poked someone in the eye. That wasn’t a f*cking poke in the eye. That was like brushed up. There’s no way he couldn’t have not continued that fight. Not a chance. He robbed me of a highlight-reel KO that I trained 12 weeks for. Because I was getting the better of him, I was checking his leg kicks. His leg kicks were hurting him one hundred percent.

“When he had the opportunity to say ‘hey doctor, save me. I can’t see’. Instead of waiting [for five minutes], he didn’t have to tell the doctor ‘I can’t see’ right away. He wanted out of that fight, dude. What was he gonna do? The leg kicks weren’t working, couldn’t land a body shot, couldn’t land a head shot… this motherf*cker’s confused. ‘What do I do to hit this guy and hurt him? I can’t’.

“He didn’t want to be on the highlight reel, he didn’t want to be an Eddie Wineland. He didn’t want to be a Paiva. He wanted out while he still could. He wanted to get another fight in The UFC. I put his lights out and they say ‘you know what? That might be it. For him, he’s like well, ‘I get paid here and I probably get another fight booked. I believe it was [a business decision].”

O’Malley didn’t make it into the top 10 at bantamweight. Let’s see if he goes for a rematch or moves on.

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Published on July 8, 2022 at 10:29 am
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