Sean O’Malley shows interest to fight Merab Dvalishvili next

Sean O’Malley explains why he's ready to fight Merab Dvalishvili next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Sean O’Malley shows interest to fight Merab Dvalishvili next
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The UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley will make his first title defense against Marlon Vera in less than a week. Initially, Sean O’Malley was very interested in fighting Ilia Topuria, but the intensity of that urge seems to have dimmed down.

Sean O’Malley looks forward to fighting Merab Dvalishvili next if he successfully defends his belt against Marlon Vera. Merab Dvalishvili claims to train every single day and is ready to be the backup fighter for the upcoming bantamweight title fight.

It is worth knowing that a win for Marlon Vera could eliminate Merab Dvalishivili from the title race temporarily because Marlon Vera could pick Cory Sandhagen for his first title defense.

Sean O’Malley on Merab Dvalishvili previous matches

In a recent interview with Kevin Iole, Sean O’Malley explained why he’s interested in fighting Merab Dvalishvili.

“It reminded me of rewatching (Aljamain Sterling) vs. Henry,” O’Malley said, as quoted by “I watched that live, rewatched it when I got home, and I was like, ‘I just seen openings.

I seen holes. I seen opportunities that I could take advantage of and put lights out.’ Merab wasn’t a very exciting fight three, four fights ago because it’s decision, decision, decision, and that’s not that exciting until it is exciting – that no one can beat him.

Sean O’Malley on Merab Dvalishvili’s strengths

“He has this crazy gas tank. He’s done a good job on his social media. He’s done a good job kind of building himself, and he’s beat Henry, he’s beat a bunch of guys.

So that fight gets a little bit more exciting when people are saying he’s unbeatable. Three, four fights ago, people asked me about Merab, I was like, ‘He’s so boring.’ But now it’s kind of ‘No one can beat him’ type feel, so that fight is a little bit more interesting”.