Sean O’Malley doesn’t believe Colby Covington deserves a title opportunity.
UFC fans and fighters have been in meltdown mode following Dana White’s reveal that Colby Covington would be the next man up to challenge Leon Edwards for the promotion’s welterweight championship. ‘Rocky’ outright refused to acknowledge ‘Chaos’ as the No. 1 contender during an appearance on The MMA Hour, suggesting a fair amount of “Dana White privilege” was at play. Streaking contender Belal Muhammad was a little more direct in his criticism of the opportunity being handed to Covington on a silver platter.
No. 1 ranked bantamweight Sean O’Malley decided to throw in his two cents. Speaking on the 100th episode of his BrOMalley podcast on YouTube, ‘Sugar’ believes Muhammad is the most deserving of a title opportunity, but from a business perspective, Edwards vs. Covington makes a lot of sense.
“I like Leon. Leon versus Colby Covington, Leon saying he’s not gonna fight Colby. Dana (White) already said Leon versus Colby is happening. I don’t know why Leon doesn’t want to fight him. I know he’s a tough matchup. Colby versus anybody is a tough matchup.
“Coming off a win over Jorge (Masvidal). I know you could give the fight to Belal (Muhammad) who probably deserves it, earned it, and that’s probably the right fight to make, but Leon versus Belal, if you’re looking at it as a business, Leon versus Belal or Leon versus Colby? If you’re making the business decision, not what the f*ck is right morally. I’m gonna make a business decision, you make Colby versus Leon which is f*cked up.”
Sean O’Malley Believes Usman Made a Mistake Disclosing His Knee Problems Ahead of UFC 286
Discussing Saturday night’s main event rematch between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman at the O2 Arena, Sean O’Malley believes ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ made a mistake by disclosing information regarding the condition of his knees.
Leading up to their UFC 286 clash, multiple reports emerged regarding Usman’s knee problems that were so severe, the former world champion had to walk on grass instead of concrete whenever possible and even acknowledged walking up and down stairs backward in order to avoid further strain on his joints. That information likely played into Leon Edwards’ strategy that saw the Brit routinely attack the legs of Usman throughout their 25-minute scrap.
“Leon’s a motherf*cker, dude. I love seeing a striker beat a grappler. I love seeing that and I think he got taken down four times. Nothing really going on the takedowns. I think Kamaru f*cked up talking about how bad his knees were. Imagine going into a fight with someone, a scary motherf*cker. You don’t know sh*t about him, you just know they’re a bad motherf*cker, but now you’re going into a fight with a motherf*cker and you’re like, ‘Oh, he can hardly walk. His knees are so bad.’ It makes you feel a lot different so I think he kind of f*cked up talking about how bad his knees are.”