Sean O’Malley took on Pedro Munhoz in a three-round bout in the recently concluded UFC 276 PPV that took place at the Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Fans were expecting an epic showdown but unfortunately, the fight ended in a no-contest due to an unintentional eye poke by O’Malley.
After replays of the eye poke incident were shown, Munhoz took a lot of heat from fans and analysts for not continuing to fight as his eyes were closed and it didn’t look severe according to them. In the post-fight press conference, O’Malley made allegations that Pedro took an easy way out because he was dominating the fight.
The rising bantamweight star didn’t stop there as he took to Twitter and claimed that he punched Pedro and won the fight via stoppage. He retweeted a video where a YouTuber named The MMA Guru Clips explained how O’Malley’s punched Pedro Munhoz and it wasn’t an illegal eye poke.
The YouTuber reacted to every frame of the moment that caused stoppage and came to a conclusion that Sean should have won that fight.
https://t.co/6CbM74sn6B IT WAS A PUNCH THAT HURT PEDROS EYE TKO DR STOPPAGE 16-0 thanks fam love you guys❤️
— Sean O’Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) July 4, 2022
What’s next for Sean O’Malley after his fight at UFC 276?
In the post fight interview, Sean O’Malley confirmed that he would not return to the octagon anytime soon despite the unexpected ending in his fight against Pedro Munhoz because he does not want to go through another training camp.
It would be interesting to see who he will fight next after his break because O’Malley is one of the most exciting prospects in the division. There are several fighters who would accept a matchup against Suga Show and Adrian Yanez is one of them.
The two bantamweight stars Yanez and O’Malley have called out each other in the past and have verbally agreed to face each other. Considering their rankings and how they fight, this matchup would provide a lot of entertainment to fans and it makes complete sense to book it.
Another opponent that is linked with Sean O’Malley is Petr Yan, the Russian bantamweight is open to fighting the #15 contender. But with O’Malley declaring that he wants to take a break and is not ready for a quick turnaround, it doesn’t look like these two bantamweights will square off.
Besides, the UFC would try to book Sean with other opponents before pitting him up against a top bantamweight who is ranked much higher than him at the moment.