- Marlon Vera said he will be speaking to the UFC about a title fight with Sean O’Malley
- “Chito” is confident he wouldn’t come in predictable in his potential rematch with “Sugar”
Marlon Vera has become one of the favorites to challenge reigning UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley because of their past rivalry and ongoing feud. Chito revealed that the UFC has already agreed to talk about the fight.
Chito is cool with December
Speaking to Michael Bisping’s BYM Pod, Vera revealed the exact text message convo he had with the UFC after he pitched for a title fight with O’Malley.
“I say, ‘Hey guys thanks for the opportunity comma, let’s talk comma, I’m down dot. And they say, ‘We’ll talk next week.’ I say, ‘Cool’,” Vera said.
When asked if he would be interested in replacing the supposed UFC 296 headliner in December due to Conor McGregor’s conflict with USADA, Vera quickly said yes as he believes it would be a “perfect timing” for him and O’Malley.
“I’m down man, I’m down that’s perfect timing for a camp, that’s perfect timing to heal up and we both fought the same day [at UFC 292] so we have the same exact amount of time to get ready and see who can back up the words and see who’s gonna do it but believe me, I know what’s good, what I’m capable of doing I’m not chasing no hype. I just want to win so that should make me more dangerous than anybody that fight him because I don’t give a f**k about the lights, the noise doesn’t bother me, I just want to make money and be a world champion I don’t give a f**k about the rest,” Vera explained.
Sean talks a lot
Vera immediately called O’Malley out for a title fight after “Sugar” dethroned Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292. O’Malley then threatened to pick Henry Cejudo over Vera if “Chito” wouldn’t “chill.” According to Vera, it’s O’Malley who kept mentioning his name and now that the time has come, it’s only right that “Sugar” walk the talk.
“He’s in love with me. I mean, he can’t stop talking about me,” Vera said of O’Malley. “He talk about me weekly, monthly, I get it he’s a trash talker, he’s a promoter but holy sh*t, every time I have a fight, he has an opinion, every time I win, he has an opinion, when I lose, he’s so happy because it makes me going farther away from him.”
“He’s the one that was talking that if we both win, we’re fighting for the belt. And I get it now that we both win, he’s kind of like yeah maybe I want a box, maybe or something else I mean when he talks so much about me, sometimes he has to retract himself.”
“I don’t say anything about him he’s the one that is always promote and talking about me so he’s the one that has the pressure. I already beat him, I don’t give a f**k to beat him again I want to be a world champion so I fight him any day but he’s the one talking a lot,” he added.
Chito is no Aljo
As for how he sees a rematch with O’Malley would play out, Vera said that he wouldn’t be like Sterling and get taken out with one hit. Instead, he’ll stay in front of the champ and utilize everything in his arsenal.
“I’m gonna kick the shot of him but I feel like when you won one fight one way, the next fight is not gonna happen like that. So, in my head, I’m gonna go and break his legs, I’m gonna break his arm, his face, his ribs, his calves, his tigh, I’m gonna just fight him and he’s gonna be probably thinking, ‘Oh, he’s just gonna kick with me.’… I can sit down in front of you and fight you,” Vera assessed.
The TKO loss to Vera at UFC 252 remains O’Malley’s lone defeat in his pro MMA career. Needless to say, a rematch between the two could be an interesting storyline but Cejudo is also trying to break his way back to title contention as well.