- Sean O’Malley insisted that he was getting the better of Pedro Munhoz even though it was ruled no contest
- “Sugar” lashed out at the judges who got Munhoz winning
Sean O’Malley wasn’t able to beat Pedro Munhoz and extend his winning streak at UFC 276 after cage-side doctors decided to stop the fight due to eye pokes, prompting the officials to rule the fight as no contest. Munhoz was no longer capable of continuing the fight in Round 2 because of an accidental eye poke, stating that he wasn’t able to see with his one eye anymore.
Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O'Malley was ruled a no contest after an unintentional eye poke at #UFC276 pic.twitter.com/hnk7UsST9Y
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 3, 2022
Munhoz vs. O'Malley ruled a no contest after an unintentional eye poke. #UFC276 pic.twitter.com/Mfda0tF640
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) July 3, 2022
As expected, “Sugar” was not pleased.
O’Malley is certain he was winning
In his post-fight presser, O’Malley quickly addressed the issue and said that despite the fight being ruled as no contest, he was “dominating” his opponent the entire fight. Unfortunately, it had to end that way.
“I was dominating that fight,” O’Malley told Middle Easy and other reporters post-fight. “I checked every one of his leg kicks. I can feel his shin crack and everytime he threw a kick I check it. Hell, I hurt him. I didn’t get hit one time… I was piecing him up, I was finding my range. It sucks.”
Suga blasted the judges
When told that two of the judges saw Munhoz winning, O’Malley did not mince his words and reiterated that he was hurting his opponent everytime he checks those leg kicks and therefore those judges were “stupid” to reckon that Munhoz was getting the better of him.
“That hurt him,” he stressed. “For those judges who say that’s a score for him, they’re completely stupid. Literally just stupid.”
“Were they watching? I didn’t get hit,” he exclaimed. “How can you score that? It makes zero sense.”
O’Malley also agreed to the idea that Munhoz was “looking for a way out” and admitted that the same thought was exactly what’s going on his head when the fight was stopped.
“A hundred percent that’s what’s going on in my mind. I’ll have to rewatch it… I was dominating that fight… It’s a weird feeling. You feel that you won the fight but it’s not like the emotions of winning a fight,” he explained.
The no contest saw O’Malley failing to break into the top 10 of the bantamweight division. Let’s see if he would go for a rematch or just move on to the next one.