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Rising star Sean O’Malley calls out opponent for next fight

"Who wants to see..."

If fans are lucky enough, two of the bantamweight division’s most exciting fighters could collide as “Suga” Sean O’Malley and Marlon “Chito” Vera are itching to meet in the octagon.

The two were supposed to fight in 2019, but O’Malley was suspended, cancelling the bout. Recently, O’Malley expressed new interest in facing Vera in an interview with

“Marlon Vera is a fight I’d definitely be interested in doing after it was supposed to happen last year. I don’t know what will be next though, that’s up to Sean Shelby,” O’Malley said. “He will come to me with a name and we will figure it out.”

The rising star then doubled down on Vera as a potential opponent, making his desires clear on social media.

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Who wants to see me Knock Out Cheeto?

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“Who wants to see me Knock Out Cheeto,” OMalley asked in the post.

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Vera has also shown himself willing to face O’Malley.

“Send me the papers and I promise you I’ make this guy quick and beg me to stop,” Vera wrote on Twitter.

O’Malley has proved to be a popular, fan friendly fighter since taking center stage on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series. So far he has lined up four straight wins in the UFC, and looks more and more impressive for each showing. After two decision wins, O’Malley knocked out Jose Quiñonez in the first round. In his most recent outing he faced former title challenger Eddie Wineland, and once again O’Malley won via devastating knockout.

Ecuador’s Vera had an uneven start to his UFC career, earning a 4-4 record in his first eight fights. In 2018, though, he turned things around, winning five straight fights – All via finish. “Chito” defeated the likes of Andre Ewell and Frankie Saenz, before facing Chinese prospect Song Yadong at UFC on ESPN 8. The two battled for all three rounds, with Yadong winning a controversial decision.

Who would win in a bantamweight bout: Sean O’Malley or Marlon Vera?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for

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