Reigning UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley recently spoke about a potential matchup with Ilia Tupuria.
While O’Malley’s profile had made him a target, since becoming the bantamweight world champion, the 28-year-old has put an even bigger target on his back. So much so that even featherweights such as Topuria have been calling out O’Malley. The Spaniard laid out a challenge to the newly crowned champion prompting the pair to share a back-and-forth via social media.
“I see this fight as too easy of a challenge, I would like to find convincing reasons to face you, but at the moment, I can’t seem to find anything that captures my atención. Keep rising and let’s see if someday you deserve my time,” Topuria wrote.
Sean O’Malley responds to Ilia Topuria
“Ilia Topuria, I feel like he’s a little confused on life,” O’Malley began. “He said that he wouldn’t want to fight me if he beats Volkanovski because I’m too easy. I just feel like that makes you look so f*cking stupid. I’m the champ and the biggest star in the UFC (H/T MMA News).
“For him to say that makes me think that he’s — or he just had someone tweet for him or he had something with the translation. Because it’s gotta be one of the dumbest things any UFC fighter has ever said, I would be pushing for that fight. So I’m thinking that he looks at me like, ‘f**k, that’s not a great matchup.’
Tupuria seems to be next in line for a crack at Alexander Volkanovski’s featherweight title following his phenomenal performance against Josh Emmet.
How do you see a potential fight between Sean O’Malley and Ilia Tupuria going?