UFC bantamweight contender Cory Sandhagen feels Sean O’Malley is entering UFC 292 with a flawed mentality.
O’Malley will face UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling in the UFC 292 main event this Saturday in Boston. He’s looking to cap off his remarkable run in the Octagon with a world championship.
O’Malley isn’t lacking confidence ahead of UFC 292 this weekend. If he beats Sterling on Saturday, he’s already hinted that his first title defense would take place against Marlon Vera, potentially in December.
Sandhagen feels O’Malley isn’t focused on the right things ahead of the biggest fight of his life.
Cory Sandhagen Reacts To Sean O’Malley’s Comments On Title Defense
During a recent media scrum, Sandhagen questioned O’Malley’s mentality behind potentially facing Vera for a first title defense.
“That’s some weak sauce, man,” Sandhagen said. “You want to fight the guy that other people are beating? That kind of bothers me about the way O’Malley thinks a little bit…take the easiest fight for the least amount of money. That’s going to ruin some stuff…don’t you want to say you fought the best when you win the belt?”
Sandhagen defeated Rob Font at UFC Nashville weeks ago and is primed for a title shot next. But, he suffered an arm injury against Font and will be out until next year.
O’Malley enters this weekend as a significant betting underdog, despite his star power and elite boxing. If he wins this weekend, the UFC might potentially leave it up to O’Malley to decide his first title defense as champion.
Sandhagen is eagerly waiting in the wings for a shot at UFC gold, and is growing increasingly frustrated with O’Malley’s reluctance to fight him.
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