Sean O’Malley names the only fighter capable of beating Islam Makhachev
Sean O’Malley thinks Alexander Volkanovski has the best chance of beating Islam Makhachev.
Makhachev is looking to defend the UFC lightweight championship for the first time at UFC 284. The Russian will face reigning featherweight champion Volkanovski, who is underrated despite being the number one pound fighter for book. During an episode of BrOMalley showO’Malley had this to say about the 155-pound title fight on Feb. 11:
“What I was trying to say about Alexander Volkanovski is he’s got his style under control. He’s smaller, he’s compact. Is he going to be able to get taken down and restrained? You’d assume so if you looked at the fights of Islam. You would think, ok, why would Alexander Volkanovski be able to stop Islam, but I think if anyone can do it, it’s Alexander Volkanovski. I think that if anyone can beat Islam, it’s me or Alexander Volkanovski. Just kidding, calm down…”
Volkanovski is highly respected in the MMA community, but he’s putting on weight to fight the Russian savage. Makhachev lost his first fight in 2015 and has won eleven straight UFC fights since. ‘The Great’ is looking to end their winning streak with an upset in Perth, Australia.
Watch Sean O’Malley discuss Islam Makhachev vs. Alexander Volkanovski below:
Sean O’Malley says he’s the superstar the UFC needs
Sean O’Malley validated his hype by defeating Petr Yan at UFC 280. Although the split decision was controversial, O’Malley is set to challenge for the UFC Bantamweight World Championship. . During the same podcast episode, “Sugar” had this to say about being the superstar the UFC needs:
“The UFC needs a superstar right now. They got Jon Jones, but he’s getting old and he’s not guaranteed to fight (at UFC 285). I think he will… Paddy (Pimblett) was like, ‘Could it be possible?’ Then we see his last fight, now he’s having surgery He still has potential He could still be a massive superstar The only person I can think of is “The Sugar Show” who has the potential to be this Motherfucker.”
O’Malley hopes to use his star power to secure a title shot in his next outing. Defending champion Aljamain Sterling is expected to defend his throne against Henry Cejudo next, but there is no official date. “Sugar” plans to wait and fight the winner later in the year.