Sean O’Malley: I’m Too Big And Fast For Thomas Almeida

After an unfortunate setback at UFC 252, Sean O’Malley is looking to turn things around when he faces Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 on March 27th.

At UFC 252, O’Malley’s unbeaten record came to a sudden end after suffering a foot injury late in the first round, which allowed Marlon Vera to pounce on him and get the finish. The defeat was a major blow to the 26 year old’s hopes of breaking into the UFC bantamweight rankings, but with a win over Almeida next month, he can get back on track.

“I Wouldn’t Be Ready To Fight Me Either”

Speaking to The Schmo (as transcribed by, O’Malley revealed that the UFC’s original plan was to book the fight at UFC 258, but Almeida asked for more time to prepare.

“Initially, he was my first choice,” O’Malley said. “They offered the fight on February 13th, I said ‘Hell yeah, let’s do it.’ They came back and said he wasn’t ready, he needed more time to train for the ‘Suga Show’. I was like ‘I get that, I wouldn’t be ready to fight me, either.’ Then, Nathaniel Wood was talking a little bit on Twitter and I asked for Nathaniel, and they came back and said Thomas would be ready March 27th. That is the fight we got and that is the fight that’s happening.”

Bigger And Faster

After winning his first four fights inside the Octagon and extending his unbeaten record to 21-0, Almeida has lost four of his last five, losing his last three straight. Come fight night, O’Malley plans to make things go from bad to worse for the Brazilian.

“I think it’s going to be a sweet fight. He’s a good kickboxer, I think it will be a kickboxing fight,” O’Malley noted. “I’m too fast for him, I’m going to be bigger than him, I think he’s 5’7?, I’m 6’4?, we will see. I think I bust him up with my jab and I always find that right hand and it lands on the chin.”

Who do you think wins the UFC 260 bantamweight matchup between Sean O’Malley and Thomas Almeida?

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