Curtis Blaydes has advanced his prediction for the long-awaited UFC 276 fight between “Sugar” Sean O’Malley and Pedro Munhoz. Many in the MMA community see this as the big opportunity for the 27-year-old O’Malley to break into the top ten at bantamweight by beating an incredibly tough veteran fighter.
Sean O’Malley is considered one of the best forwards in MMA today and was touted as the favorite ahead of his fight against Munhoz. However, Blaydes apparently disagrees. In an edition of Choice of MMA Pros with James Lynch, “Razor” explained why he chooses Munhoz to defeat O’Malley at UFC 276. Blaydes said:
“I think of Pedro. I think he’s also a very technical striker, and he brings real pop to his shots. And I don’t think O’Malley has ever faced a powerful puncher like Munhoz. And O’Malley, he also has holes in his defense. He likes to come hands down. And I just think that’s going to lead to him eating the heavy, and that would be it in the fight. Yeah, I’m going with Pedro Munhoz.
Currently, UFC No. 4-ranked heavyweight Curtis Blaydes is set to take on No. 6-ranked Tom Aspinall. Their heavyweight bout will headline the upcoming UFC London event on July 23.
Watch Curtis Blaydes and a few other UFC fighters give their predictions for the Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz match in the video below:
Sean O’Malley confident of eventually becoming UFC champion ahead of UFC 276 fight with Pedro Munhoz
13-ranked UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is set to face No. 10-ranked Pedro Munhoz in a marquee matchup at UFC 276. The highly anticipated UFC 276 event will take place at T-Mobile. Arena in Paradise, Nevada on July 2.
Sean O’Malley and his brother Daniel O’Malley recently discussed the possibility of “Sugar” winning the UFC bantamweight title one day. In a recent edition of The BrOMalley showSean O’Malley praised his team, including his nutritionist Dan Garner, and revealed the effort he will go to to become UFC champion.
O’Malley revealed that Garner plans to conduct a full biometric evaluation of him after UFC 276. This will be done to maximize O’Malley’s fighting effectiveness by scientifically designing his nutrition plan. On that note, O’Malley said he was confident of winning UFC gold sooner rather than later. He said:
“That’s what it takes to be a champion, man, especially in the top division in the UFC. And I believe I will be the champion of the UFC. It will happen. It’s just a fucking matter of time, brother.
Watch O’Malley discuss his future and more in the video below: