Fresh off his stunning knockout win over Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 (see it), Sean O’Malley recently requested a fight against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz. Not only that, he wants it to be the co-main event to the possible trilogy fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which is targeted for July 2021.
During a recent chat with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “The Dominator” spoke about the callout. And while he didn’t outright accept the challenge, he didn’t oppose to it, either.
“Am I interested in fighting again? Yes. Do I need to call out one specific person? No. Am I saying no to one specific person? No,” Cruz said before going on to explain why he thinks people would be intrigued with such a match up.
“I can see why that is a match up people are taking about. He feints a lot, uses his range well and he is tall and long. I feint a lot. I am tall, I am long and I use feints. We have a lot of similarities. If he is an up and coming athlete I am sure he has watched a ton of my fights and saw I was successful and I am sure he uses a lot of that stuff,” he added.
Cruz recently got back to his winning ways, defeating Casey Kenney at UFC 259 in March 2021. The victory snapped his two-fight losing streak — the longest of his career — giving him his first victory since June 2016.
Currently battling bursitis in his left elbow, “The Dominator” hopes to return to action before the end of the year ... and facing “Suga” is definitely a possibility.
“No, I am not opposed to it, but, I haven’t talked to (Sean) Shelby or anything,” the former 135-pound champion said. “And I am just getting back into training again now. I am nursing bursitis in my left elbow.
“Once that goes away, I will be in it this whole month, we will think of something and get back in there before the end of the year I am going to fight again,” he concluded.
Currently ranked No. 9 at 135 pounds, Cruz taking out O’Malley could be the shortcut he needs to get back into the championship picture. For “Suga,” toppling a legend such as “The Dominator” gets him into the Top 15.