Sean O’Malley is confident his next fight will be against Marlon Vera.
In the main event of UFC 292 in Boston, O’Malley became the UFC’s new bantamweight champion as he scored a second-round TKO over Aljamain Sterling. Since then, many have wondered what would be next for ‘Suga’ as a rematch with Sterling was an option, but he made it clear he wanted Marlon Vera, even though Merab Dvalishvili is the next ranked guy.
However, O’Malley went on Michael Bisping’s YouTube channel and explained why it would be Vera next and not Dvalishvili.
“Pay-per-view points for my next fight is exciting. That has a lot of reasons why I want to fight Chito, too. You look at, if its the next guy in line by ranking, yeah it’s Merab. I’m the champ, I want this, let’s see what happens. I had a meeting with Dana recently and he said he’s going to announce something big in a few weeks, and I’ll leave it at that. I know what I want, I want the biggest fights and I want to make a lot of money, I want to do big pay-per-views,” O’Malley said.
Sean O’Malley says Marlon Vera is the biggest fight
Of course, a big reason why Sean O’Malley wants Marlon Vera is due to ‘Chito’ being his lone loss. As well, O’Malley believes it is the biggest fight and he points to Chael Sonnen’s poll as to why he wants Vera over Dvalishvili.
“The only reason why the Chito fight is such a big deal is just because of that controversy fight. So, that’s why that’s fight big. Chael did a poll yesterday, it was 50,000 people and 52% wanted Chito. We have to give the people what they want,” O’Malley said.
As of right now, O’Malley’s next title defense has yet to be booked, but ‘Suga’ hopes it will be in December in Las Vegas.