Sean O’Malley may or may not be defending his title against Merab Dvalishvili next. Regardless, he seems to think he has proof of being better than the contender.
By all accounts, it seems that Dvalishvili is the rightful contender for the bantamweight title that Sean O’Malley won from Aljamain Sterling at UFC 292, being on a 9-fight streak with his most recent win being against former champ Petr Yan. Despite that, his loyalty to his friend and teammate, Sterling, has led to the Georgian being out of favor with UFC brass, making the title picture at 135lb unclear.
Sean O’Malley Did It Better Than Merab Dvalishvili?
While it is still to be determined who Sean O’Malley will end up defending his belt against, he seems to already be convinced that he is better than Merab Dvalishvili. In fact, he had something of an interesting theory to explain just why this is the case.
Taking to Twitter, O’Malley explained that because he was able to beat Petr Yan in three rounds, while Dvalishvili needed five to get a win over the same foe. Of course, this conveniently fails to mention the fact that both bouts went to a decision, and were only scheduled for three and five rounds respectively.
“It took mediocre Merab 5 rounds to beat Peter I beat him in 3” O’Malley wrote.
It took mediocre Merab 5 rounds to beat Peter I beat him in 3
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) September 9, 2023
The irony in this statement is that when Sean O’Malley beat Yan, it was regarded as a bad decision in a close fight, while Merab Dvalishvili pretty handily overwhelmed the former champ in their five-round contest.
Regardless, MMA math is a myth, styles make fights, and the other cliches MMA fans say, so the only true way to see who is better, would be for them to face off.
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