‘Tell me that’s not fire’: Sean O’Malley calls for interim title fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC 285

‘Tell me that’s not fire’: Sean O’Malley calls for interim title fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC 285

Sean O’Malley is sick of waiting for the official announcement of Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo, for which he proposes a new fight.

Sterling and Cejudo were rumored to fight at UFC 285, the next pay-per-view event scheduled for March 4 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. However, the reigning UFC bantamweight champion announced that he had a biceps injury that could delay his next defense.

If he is delayed, then O’Malley would want the UFC to book him against Cejudo for an interim championship.

“It would be perfect: Me vs. Henry for the interim belt [at UFC 285]O’Malley said on a recent episode of the BrOMalley Show. “Tell me that’s not fire.”

O’Malley contacted the UFC about the possible fight with Cejudo, but was told to continue to wait for updates on Sterling.

“I wish they would,” O’Malley said. “I sent him a text message [UFC Chief Business Officer] Hunter [Campbell]I sent a text [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby. I said, ‘Can you at least give me an idea? Will you at least say yes or no? Is it happening Henry vs. Aljo?’ They just don’t know.

“They are trying to wait and see if [Sterling] can or what,” O’Malley continued. “I’m frustrated, but I’m fine because I’m just training.”

As for Sterling, said the MMA time with Ariel Helwani recently saying he was “very optimistic” about defending against Cejudo at UFC 285, pending clearance from UFC doctors. But if the ‘Funk Master’ doesn’t clear up, he’d be fine with ‘Triple C’ vs. ‘Sugar’ in the meantime.

“I’m fighting either Henry or Sean,” Sterling said. “If Henry wants to wait for me, he can wait. Or if he wants to take the easier fight, what he thinks is the easier fight, and fight Sean if he wants to hit Sean, he goes to hit Sean. If Henry wants to wait for me, we can fight. But if he wants to say, ‘I don’t want to wait any longer, give me a fight right now,’ maybe they’ll make an interim. I’m not mad at an interim. At the end of the day, an interim means you both get paid, right? Because now they’re going to have a belt and are entitled to pay-per-view points. I’m all for anyone on pay-per-view on the main card getting pay-per-view points, even if it’s 25 cents or 50 cents per purchase. I think there’s a reason you’re on the pay-per-view card, so it’s like, why not? That’s how I see it.”

O’Malley hasn’t fought since defeating Petr Yan via split decision at UFC 280 last October.


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