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‘Square up!’ Cody Garbrandt, Sean O’Malley restrained during UFC 269 presser (Video)

Here’s the thing, Garbrandt and O’Malley are slated to fight other people at the event.

UFC 269’s pre-fight press conference went down earlier tonight (Thurs., Dec. 9, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada, to promote this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 11) pay-per-view (PPV) event in “Sin City.” As usual, all of the pay-per-view (PPV) main card fighters participated in the the customary staredown festivities, including Lightweight kingpin, Charles Oliveira, mean-mugging Dustin Poirier and Amanda Nunes eying Julianna Pena ahead of their co-headlining Bantamweight title fight (see them here).

But, the staredowns got started a bit earlier than usual, and it included two fighters who aren’t going to be fighting each other Saturday night.

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Cody Garbrandt — who faces Kai Kara France in his Flyweight debut — got into a war of words with Sean O’Malley — who faces Raulian Paiva — and things almost got physical between the two. “Suga” asked UFC President, Dana White, if the two could square up for future reference, and it didn’t take long for “No Love” to get up out of his seat and make his way over to O’Malley.

Thankfully, security got in between the two men to prevent another one of these incidents.

Garbrandt and O’Malley have been going at each other for quite some time now, with both men calling for a fight that never saw the light of day. Now that “No Love” is down at 125 pounds, a fight between the two doesn’t seem likely since O’Malley is still competing at 135 pounds.

But, the heat between the pair isn’t going to die down anytime soon, so depending on what happens in their respective bouts in “Sin City,” UFC might want to go ahead and please both combatants (as well as fans) and book them to fight one another sometime in 2022.

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