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Midnight Mania! EVERYBODY wants short-notice Sean O’Malley fight at UFC 264

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Love him or hate him, Sean O’Malley has quickly become one of the biggest names among the lighter weight classes. “Suga” has a dynamic fighting style — even his biggest haters would have a hard time disagreeing there — and a unique way of marketing himself. After all, he’s still an undefeated prospect!

Earlier today, Louis Smolka was forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout vs. O’Malley at UFC 264. Lots of fights have volunteered to replace the Hawaiian, though it’s impossible to say whether they see O’Malley as an easy fight or simply want a high-profile slot on a Conor McGregor card.

Either way, let’s rate their chances!

Brian Kelleher, veteran Bantamweight banger, came with the best callout of the lot. Look at that photoshop! Weight could be an issue on short-notice for Kelleher, who has fought at 145 lbs. in the past, but it’s a very reasonable match up.

Chance it happens: 7/10
Interest level: 8/10

Former UFC action fighter “Killer Bee” Brandon Davis is shooting his shot too. He’d make it a fight, but typically, UFC looks for already signed talent when there’s this much time left to make a new match up.

Chance it happens: 3/10
Interest level: 5/10

Former Flyweight title contender Ray Borg rarely made weight on a full camp, but he’s ready to go on short-notice!

Chance it happens: 1/10
Interest level: 3/10

Here’s a trap fight if I’ve ever seen one! Ricky Simon is tough as nails, somehow unranked, and a powerful wrestler. He’s worthy, but that doesn’t sound like a match up UFC would want for O’Malley.

Chance it happens: 4/10
Interest level: 8/10

Another Flyweight jumps at the chance to fight “Suga!” Elliott actually beat up Smolka one time, so maybe it makes sense?

Chance it happens: 5/10
Interest level: 5/10

Merab Dvalisvhili has been calling out O’Malley for a long time, and he’s not done yet. “The Machine” is currently ranked as the 10th best Bantamweight on the planet, and he’s on a major win streak. It would be a huge opportunity for O’Malley, but one that carries a major risk of getting double-legged into oblivion.

Chance it happens: 7/10
Interest level: 10/10

In an ideal world, who would you like to see O’Malley fight at UFC 264?

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