Daniel Cormier isn’t as interested in Sean O’Malley as the rising bantamweight prospect thinks he is.
Speaking to Cormier on his podcast recently, O’Malley told the former UFC light heavyweight titleholder how annoyed he was listening to comments from his rewatch fights. O’Malley went on to say that “deep down” he thinks Cormier just wants to see him lose, which resulted in an unsatisfactory analysis.
Unfortunately for O’Malley, his assumptions seem to be way off as Cormier took the time from his latest podcast to clearly explain how he really feels.
“It doesn’t really make me feel anything because the reality is like you said Ryan, my accomplishments are all on their own,” Cormier said on his DC & RC Podcast with Ryan Clark. “I don’t care enough about Sean O’Malley to care if he wins or loses because like you said it doesn’t really affect me. I like the kid, I think the kid is a fantastic little fighter, I think he’s tough. But the reality is that I had eight championship belts at home. I had eight championship belts at home, Ryan Clark.
“It’s crazy when you confuse popularity with putting yourself on a level with someone else. The reality is that I don’t care if Sean wins or loses. I don’t want to see a man losing. I think he’s good for the sport. I think his winning does things for the sport. But I think he’s using that to serve as a bit of motivation, right? Everyone people always go there you need haters to propel you forward so i think he is trying to do this to me but the reality is i kinda don’t care because again i I have so many championships at home.
O’Malley, 27, has been virtually flawless in his 16-fight career so far after defeating all comers except Marlon “Chito” Vera in August 2020. Since then, the entertainer bantamweight knockout and self-proclaimed “unranked champion” notched three consecutive impressive finishes over Thomas Almeida, Kris Moutinho and, most recently, Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 in December 2021.
Next week, the Helena, Montana native will return to the octagon for his biggest fight yet at UFC 276 on July 2. O’Malley will be in charge of official UFC No. 10 ranked contender Pedro Munhoz.
As for Cormier, who will likely be calling the International Wrestling Week action inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, don’t expect him to pick sides as the game progresses. as things unfold.
“The guys who should address me that way are the guys who stood by me, did the things that I did in the game, and will be remembered forever,” Cormier said. “Because until Sean O’Malley starts winning championships and getting to the top of the game bro, the popularity fades. Legacy lasts and my legacy will stand the test of time so Sean, I don’t hate you, I don’t want to see you lose. Because frankly, I don’t really care. I think you’re good at sports and I like you. I try to make it work as much as I need it when in reality I really don’t need it. I don’t care if the kid loses or wins, really not.
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