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Sean O’Malley wants to fight Dominic Cruz next. After O’Malley scored a third-round TKO victory over Thomas Almeida at UFC 260, Cruz reportedly texted Chael Sonnen that he was interested in fighting Sugar.
This fight makes sense and will be a very fun stylistic fight. As for O’Malley, he says that if the fight takes place, he wants him to be the co-main event of Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 in July.
“The second after you fight the question is, who’s next? I heard Dominick Cruz texted Chael Sonnen saying he wanted that fight,” O’Malley said to Pat McAfee on his show. “So, I don’t know if Chael got a prank text for a fake Dom or if that’s real. That’s a potential matchup.
“I know Dustin Poirier tweeted the other day, July 10, so I think I’m a pretty good co-main event type dude,” O’Malley continued. “Dustin vs. Conor, Suga vs. Dominick, I don’t know, that makes sense, that might be it. July, we’ll see. I definitely want to get in there a couple more times this year.”
Sean O’Malley vs. Thomas Almeida
If Cruz really wanted to fight Sean O’Malley, then the Poirier-McGregor 3 co-main event is the perfect map for that. It could draw more attention to O’Malley, who wants to be the next big superstar. For Cruz, if he beats Sugar on the card, he is likely to benefit from the title shot and try to reclaim the bantamweight title.
Before defeating Almeida, O’Malley was defeated by a first-round TKO to Marlon Vera in a fight that his ankle tore several times. Last June, he also won a knockout victory over Eddie Wineland, which only added to his strength.