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Sean O’Malley is well on his way to becoming a major star inside the Octagon. In fact, some would say he’s already at that point, as it’s hard to argue the viewing numbers he’s created or the significant amount of merchandise sold.
“The Suga Show” is happening, like it or not.
Ahead of the toughest challenge yet in his his young career in Marlon Vera at UFC 252 this Saturday night (Aug. 15, 2020), O’Malley answered questions at today’s virtual media conference. When asked about his future and fast rise (both in popularity and Bantamweight division), O’Malley made comparisons to a pair of UFC champions in Conor McGregor and Israel Adesanya.
“I think obviously Conor’s career went well,” O’Malley said (transcription via MMAJunkie). “Israel Adesanya’s career went well and I feel like I want a similar career like that. (McGregor and I are) pretty similar in fighting styles. We knock people out in the first round. We’re not afraid to say how the fight will play out.”
As for what’s next, O’Malley understands that it really depends on how well he handles Vera. New hordes of fans are not going to tune in for underwhelming performances, but a first-round knockout of a man who’s never been stopped as a pro?
Finishing Vera is the goal, as O’Malley explained, “I think it totally depends how I go out there and finish ‘Chito.’ If I win a decision I don’t get that big, big next fight name. I could, because if I win a decision it will be a very impressive decision. But if I starch him I think I will get whoever I want.
“He’s in the UFC, he’s tough, he’s beat people in the UFC, he’s finished people in the UFC and he’s never been finished,” O’Malley said. “All around it’s a tough fight. He’s my toughest opponent to date and with that said, I’ll probably still drop him in the first round.”
We’re just three days away from finding out if O’Malley can live up to the hype.
Petr Yan offers his thoughts on Justin Gaethje vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov (and they are not shocking):
Petr Yan: "Everyone says Khabib has good wrestling, but they forget that he has unconventional wrestling.He takes you down with trips, he mixes it well. So,i think he'll handle Gaethje."— ➡️ (@MMARusContext) August 12, 2020
- Petr Yan gives his prediction for #UFC254 main event.
Is this objectively bad, low-hanging-fruit trash talk? Very clearly. But, if Marvin Vettori gets his match up with Chris Weidman, he probably picks up the biggest win of his career, so ...
Guess the fighter!
Guess the Fighter! Guess the Fight! Share with your friends and see who gets it :).— Polite Vulture (@PoliteVulture) August 12, 2020
Experimented a bit in this one. Should be recognizable but i hope at least looks cool pic.twitter.com/7Y1hWMqEmJ
Anyone here remember when Brian Ebersole actually hit a couple people like this? Contender Series living up to the hype!
Hold up I need to do a cartwheel real quick... pic.twitter.com/0NYfFb2QQx— ShayMyName (@ImShannonTho) August 12, 2020
I am very ready for Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa.
Good for Paige VanZant for making her millions with BKFC, but I’ll say this again as an analyst and former training partner: it’s a bad idea.
Corey Anderson says there’s no beef between himself and UFC after recently asking for his release and jumping ship to Bellator.
It was brought to my attention that I came off as NEGATIVE in my interviews. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm not the best when it comes to speaking. This was/is nothing but business on all ends (ufc/bellator/myself) never personal. #thefightbusiness pic.twitter.com/HBjCdJBWJO— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 12, 2020
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Good luck finding anyone to fight Magomed Ankalaev on short-notice — that guy is a killer.
Ankalaev appreciation post pic.twitter.com/fuV4LOI6Ta— Wonderboys Evil Twin (@randyysgutt) August 12, 2020
An extremely demoralizing night at the office:
Imagine getting your lights turned off by your opponent and the ref in the same fight.— Michael Morgan (@mikewhoatv) August 12, 2020
Muay Thai violence!
NASA gives us a hint at what lightning looks like on Jupiter.
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⚡Looking for a spark in your life? New results from our Juno mission suggest the planet is home to “shallow lightning.” An unexpected form of electrical discharge, shallow lightning comes from a unique ammonia-water solution. It was previously thought that lightning on Jupiter was similar to Earth, forming only in thunderstorms where water exists in all its phases – ice, liquid, and gas. But flashes observed at altitudes too cold for pure liquid water to exist told a different story. This illustration uses data obtained by the mission to show what these high-altitude electrical storms look like. Understanding the inner workings of Jupiter allows us to develop theories about atmospheres on other planets and exoplanets! Illustration Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Heidi N. Becker/Koji Kuramura #ArtistConcept #LightningStorm #NASA #Jupiter #Juno #StormyWeather #Illustration
Midnight Music: That FJM EP from last night put me in a Leonard Cohen mood, so tonight I spun my favorite Cohen record, 1971’s aptly titled Songs Of Love And Hate.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.