Sean O’Malley Offers To Save UFC 303 With A Jake Paul Fight

Sean O’Malley has offered to step in for the UFC 303 main event on June 29 by fighting Jake Paul.

O’Malley suggested fighting Paul as doubts continue over whether Conor McGregor vs. Michael Chandler will happen. Their first presser was called off, with McGregor saying there were obstacles preventing it. McGregor also posted a cryptic photo from a doctor’s office, hinting he could be injured. Ariel Helwani also revealed the UFC put out ‘feelers’ over a replacement. O’Malley has now offered to fight on the card. 

Paul has responded. The Problem Child was set to face Mike Tyson on July 20. The date has been rescheduled for November 15 after Tyson pulled out due to an inflamed ulcer. While Paul has been linked with a boxing fight against Mike Perry on July 20, he is willing to make his MMA debut against O’Malley. 

Paul signed a PFL deal last year but has not made his debut. A fight with the UFC Bantamweight Champion would sell. However, it is unlikely. Dana White has ruled out working with the PFL. Meanwhile, the weight difference is a lot. O’Malley fights at bantamweight. Paul is a cruiserweight who will go up to heavyweight for Tyson. However, he is willing to take the challenge. 

On the same card, Ian Machado Garry wants changes made to his fight against Michael Page. The welterweight clash is the first fight of the main event card. Garry wants it moved higher up the card and for it to become a five-rounder. Garry has only gone five rounds once.

That is when he beat Jack Grant to win the vacant Cage Warriors Welterweight Title in 2021, after which he signed for the UFC. Meanwhile, Page has gone five rounds twice, beating Paul Daley in the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal in 2019. On the other occasion, Page lost to Logan Storley in 2022.

“I just finished a really good training session. I’m feeling fresh, I’m feeling ready, I just did five rounds. I’m going to get on the phone to Hunter (Campbell) and the UFC today and let’s push for a five-round co-main for this. Let’s push it. This is a fight that we are representing the Irish, ‘MVP’ get ready for 25 minutes of pain,” Garry said 

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