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Merab Dvalishvili responds to Sean O’Malley’s ‘coat boy’ comments: ‘Where’s my tip?’

“Suga” and “The Machine” continue to rib each other over an incident at UFC 288 where Merab stole Sean’s Thriller coat in the cage.

Things almost got ugly following UFC 288’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo last night (Sat., May 6, 2023) when Sean O’Malley was invited into the cage to face off with “Funkmaster.”

Sterling had just defeated Cejudo via split decision, setting up a future fight with O’Malley, who has been promised the next Bantamweight title shot. The two got into a heated verbal spat, yelling over each other into the microphone.

O’Malley entered the cage with a Michael Jackson “Thriller”-style red leather jacket, and he quickly shed it for the impromptu faceoff. Funny enough, he accidentally handed it off to Sterling’s good friend and training partner, Merab Dvalishvili, who decided to put it on and parade around the Octagon.

A lot of yelling and shoving ensued before Merab handed the clothing back to security.

“Merab, he took the jacket, he’s doing little Russian things that they do,” O’Malley said on ESPN+’s post show for UFC 288 (Dvalishvili is from Georgia, a former Soviet republic that is not a part of Russia). “Merab’s just a little goofball — I don’t take that dude too serious.”

“Suga” had a sense of humor about the moment after the event, tweeting, “I gave my jacket to that guy, I thought It was my coat boy.”

“First … you gave me your jacket and I thank you for the gift,” Merab responded. “But then you cried for me to give it back and called me coat boy .. well if I am the coat boy … WHERE’S MY TIP??”

“What’s your Venmo I’ll send you 20,” O’Malley replied before adding, “Actually 15 it smelt weird as f— after I got it back.”

Dvalishvili is the No.-1 ranked Bantamweight after the champion (Sterling), but their close friendship has him sitting outside the title picture until Sterling makes a move up to Featherweight. That may not be too long, as Aljo has shared plans to jump up a division after taking out O’Malley in his next defense.

As for when this title defense could go down, we’ll have to wait and see. UFC President, Dana White, has said he’d like to get Sterling vs. O’Malley on an upcoming August PPV in Boston, Massachusetts. “Funkmaster” has said he prefers the idea of September in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Time will tell.

For complete UFC 288: “Sterling vs. Cejudo” results and play-by-play, click HERE.

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