N1 contender of the UFC Bantamweight division, Sean O’Malley doesn’t want to wait for his fight with champion Aljamain Sterling and is proposing to the organization his rematch fight against Marlon Vera for the belt of the interim champion.
“It is difficult to say anything, everyone is different. I understand Aljo, since he is cutting a lot of weight, now he wants to take up to 8 months off now but I also don’t want to wait too long and the N1 contender is ready to come back in March and I think my opponent should be Marlon Vera because he beat Dominick Cruz and Frankie Edgar. Why shouldn’t we fight for the interim belt and then the winner between us will fight for the real one?” – O’Malley said.
Bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, who defended his belt for the second time against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 280, said he does not want to fight until the summer and aims to take a long rest. At the same event, O’Malley had the biggest win of his career, defeating Russian Petr Yan by split decision.
“What’s a bigger fight than me and Chito Vera? People will definitely buy the bout between me and Chito and the PPV will be sold.” –Sean O’Malley spoke on his YouTube podcast.
If you look at the other names, Henry Cejudo, one of the best bantamweight fighters of all time and a former champion, also wants to fight for the belt. He ended his career in 2020, but announced his return and re-entered the USADA doping test list.