“Sugar,” who won the bantamweight title this past Saturday in the main event of UFC 292 in Boston, is set ton defending his title in December against the only man who’s defeated him. O’Malley (17-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) sees the rematch with Vera as an interesting fight from all angles.
“The ‘Chito’ rematch is a very interesting fight,” O’Malley said on his YouTube channel. “It’s interesting to me, interesting for the fans – it’s the next biggest fight. He needs to chill out and quit acting. He needs to chill out.”
O’Malley stopped Aljamain Sterling in the second round to become champion. A few fights earlier, Vera opened up the main card with a unanimous decision over Pedro Munhoz. Vera now is 5-1 in his past six fights.
O’Malley has discarded the idea that he lost to Vera many times in the past, so doesn’t see it like a rematch. However, he does think it’s the biggest fight that can be made right now in the weight class, which is why he wants it.
“The ‘Chito’ rematch gets me excited too because I think it’s a fan favorite fight right there,” O’Malley said. “I think it’s a big fight. I think it does big pay-per-views, and now that I get pay-per-view points, I really feel like now it’s game time.”