Making his Octagon comeback this weekend at UFC 260 in opposition to Brazilian Muay Thai standout, Thomas Almeida, polarizing bantamweight, Sean O’Malley nonetheless maintains that he’s getting into the matchup in an try and defend his undefeated report, claiming he “wasn’t crushed” by Marlon Vera at UFC 252 final August.
O’Malley, who makes his return to the Octagon, suffered a primary spherical knockout loss to the Ecuadorian finisher, struggling as he claims “drop foot” within the matchup with Vera, who landed a calf kick on O’Malley halfway by the opening spherical.
Because of this, O’Malley’s lateral and ahead movement mobility was considerably hampered, with Vera capable of capitalise on the harm flare up, to attain a dangerous ground-and-pound stoppage within the latter levels of the premier body.
Within the months since, O’Malley has echoed his preliminary claims that he’s nonetheless undefeated regardless of holding a 12-1 report, and though these claims have develop into considerably of a “joke” to him, he nonetheless maintains he “wasn’t crushed‘ by the Staff Oyama standout.
“I’ve been saying it (mentally undefeated) for the reason that battle,” O’Malley stated throughout a latest interview with ESPN MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani. “It’s kinda changed into a joke for me — I’ve defined it a bunch, however I’ll say it once more for you. I don’t really feel — I wasn’t crushed that evening as a result of my expertise weren’t nearly as good (as Vera’s) — I do know you stated, I believe trying again on it — it was the calf kick. It positively wasn’t a calf kick in the event you return and rewatch it. Actually, his massive toe hit my peroneal nerve and it precipitated drop foot.“
“It wasn’t a — calf kicks suck, you recognize, they harm unhealthy,” O’Malley defined. “However they don’t offer you drop foot, a minimum of with the primary one, however yeah, I don’t know. It was — I didn’t really feel like I misplaced trigger my expertise weren’t higher than his. I had an excellent coaching camp, every thing felt good, it simply occurred that manner. However I don’t assume I misplaced — I bought a whole lot of sh*t for saying that, ‘mentally undefeated’ or no matter, however it’s what it’s. I’m excited to return in there and carry out.“
Pressured to return to the win column for the primary time in his profession, O’Malley noticed his twelve-fight undefeated streak halted by Vera, following Octagon victories over Terrion Ware, Andre Soutkhamthat, Jose Alberto Quinonez, in addition to a Knockout of the 12 months candidate in opposition to former WEC bantamweight finest, Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 final June.
Drawing 29-year-old Sao Paulo native, Almeida this weekend on the principle card of UFC 260, the Brazilian enters the matchup making an attempt to snap a three-fight skid, most just lately capped by a unanimous determination loss to UFC Vegas 21 function, Jonathan Martinez on short-notice at UFC Struggle Island 5 final October.