Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight phenom Sean O’Malley captured his fourth straight win inside the Octagon by starching 135-pound veteran Eddie Wineland at the UFC 250 pay-per-view (PPV) event last weekend in Las Vegas.
And while “Sugar” has yet to beat anybody ranked in the Top 15 — or face a high-level wrestler — O’Malley is already calling himself “champ” on social media and fielding questions about retired bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo.
“I think I have the reason he retired,” O’Malley told ESPN. “I feel like I’m a bad matchup for anyone in the division. I’m almost six-feet tall and I’m pretty skinny but I’m long. I was probably 150-something in the cage. I’m fast, I’m strong, I’m high-level everywhere.”
O’Malley, 25, blasted his way into UFC by way of Dana White’s Contender Series.
“I think he’ll be back. I think he just found his first girlfriend and he’s just kind of…he doesn’t know what to do, because when you’ve never had a girlfriend before, and then you have one when you’re like 30-something, I don’t know, they like, take over.”
Cejudo, 33, who walked away from combat sports after crushing Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 back in May, didn’t waste much time on O’Malley’s comments and instead rattled off his list of accomplishments, which include his “first girlfriend ever.”
“An Olympic gold medal, two-division world champion in the UFC (defended both belts) and let’s not forget my first girlfriend ever Amanda Dallago Chaves,” Cejudo wrote. “That’s one hell of a career if you ask me you dirty Q-tip.”
But Cejudo hasn’t completely ruled out his UFC comeback.
“There would only be one fight that would really bring me back, that would really wake me up in the morning,” Cejudo told TMZ. “Other than Ryan Garcia, it would be Alexander Volkanovski, that overgrown midget. I would love to make him bend the knee because he’s already half way there.”