O’Malley Chooses Dvalishvili For His Next Fight

UFC Bantamweight Champion Sean O’Malley says he will face Merab Dvalishvili next.

Suga grabbed the title after stopping Aljamain Sterling in the second round at UFC 292 last year, ending Sterling’s record of nine consecutive wins. O’Malley recently defended his title for the first time, beating Marlon Vera via a unanimous decision at UFC 299. The champion gained revenge for his only loss to Vera, which took place at UFC 252 in 2020. Dvalishvili is the leading contender in the division, with ten wins in a row. Now, O’Malley wants to give Dvalishvili his first loss since 2018. 

“Merab’s next. Your wish is granted. A lot of people said I’m ducking him — I just really am not ducking that little dude. I like the fight for me. There’s multiple ways to win. I’m excited about the fight now, finally. I was never ducking him, I was just never excited to fight him. He’s just such a, I don’t know — now, is it the right time? Like the ‘Chito’ rematch, the time will come where it’s the right time to fight certain people. Merab’s next, and be careful what you wish for, buddy,” O’Malley said

If O’Malley says Merab is next, as he should be, then the champion faces a tough task. Dvalishvili’s 10-fight win streak includes three straight wins over former UFC champs Jose Aldo, Petr Yan, and, most recently, Henry Cejudo. While “The Machine” has long been viewed as a top contender at 135, he refused to fight teammate Sterling during “The Funk Master”’s championship reign. O’Malley’s title defense and Sterling’s recent move to featherweight mean the timing is ideal for Dvalishvili’s well-earned title shot.

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