In an astonishing turn of events on the night of August 19, 2023, at UFC 292, Sean O’Malley defied all expectations. He seized victory by knocking out Aljamain Sterling in the second round, securing the coveted UFC Bantamweight championship. The electrifying event unfolded within the TD Garden in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, and left fans in awe (you can relive the highlights right here). To top it off, O’Malley’s remarkable performance earned him a well-deserved $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
As the dust settled, O’Malley didn’t waste a moment. He already has his sights firmly set on his first title defense, and it appears he’s got his opponent in mind. After his sensational win, he boldly called out Marlon Vera, setting the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable showdown later this year.
But O’Malley’s ambitions don’t end with MMA alone. In a surprising twist, the rising UFC sensation expressed his desire to step into the boxing ring. His target? None other than the pound-for-pound boxing maestro, Gervonta Davis.
During the post-fight press conference for UFC 292, O’Malley explained his motivation, saying, “I thought, you know, shoot a promo, but we’ll see. Just the way [Vera] acts. He’s so annoying. He’s not funny, and he tries to be. He’s so ugly and dresses like an idiot. It’s like, God, do I really have to give this guy an opportunity? I also wouldn’t mind knocking out Gervonta Davis, and I know people are gonna go, ‘Oh, you’re a wannabe Conor.’ I’m telling you, that fight is gonna happen.”
He acknowledged that the matchup might come sooner than expected, emphasizing that if it’s big enough, the UFC could get behind it. Although he’s not an avid follower of boxing, O’Malley recognizes Gervonta Davis’s name and undefeated record, making the prospect all the more enticing. His passion for massive fights and the dearth of stars in the Bantamweight division are driving his ambition. O’Malley envisions a colossal clash against Davis, an event that could captivate fans in arenas like the T-Mobile Arena or even back in his home turf.
While the debate between MMA and boxing continues to simmer, the next intriguing showdown on the horizon pits former UFC Heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou against Tyson Fury.
As for O’Malley, he’s riding high on a five-fight win streak and eagerly eyes a return to action in December, promising fan more thrilling moments to come.