'Poatan' defeated long-time champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 281. Pereira may be at the top at 185 lbs., but his lack of MMA experience has the middleweight contenders looking at him like hungry wolves.
Khamzat Chimaev immediately took to Twitter following Pereira's victory, calling out the new champion for a fight in Brazil. 'Borz' would enter the fight with a massive grappling advantage. According to Sean O'Malley, Chimaev's superior wrestling would be enough to beat 'Poatan'.
'Sugar' discussed the possible matchup on the latest episode of the BROMALLEY podcast:
"Khamzat could f**k Alex up... That left hand is nasty, but if I had to put money on Alex vs. Khamzat I'd put it on Khamzat... He can grapple big scary guys like that. I'd put money on Khamzat if they fought... His grappling is good, and he can knock motherf***ers out."
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Alex Pereira has the ability to knock people out with one shot and could certainly put Khamzat Chimaev away with a clean punch. But O'Malley feels that the level of grappling that 'Borz' possesses would be too much for the inexperienced 'Poatan'.
O'Malley's comments are merited. Chimaev has previously competed with Jack Hermansson in a grappling match, who is one of the better grapplers at middleweight.
Sean O'Malley thinks Henry Cejudo will fight Aljamain Sterling next
Sean O'Malley recently met up with UFC president Dana White to discuss his future in the bantamweight division. 'Sugar' defeated Petr Yan at UFC 280 and is the No.1-ranked contender in the UFC at 135lbs.
An Aljamain Sterling versus O'Malley title fight has been spoken of ever since UFC 280 concluded. But according to O'Malley, 'Funk Master' will fight Henry Cejudo next, and he will fight the winner of their bout.
'Sugar' discussed minor details of his meeting with the UFC on the latest episode of the TimboSugarShow. O'Malley said:
"I think they're kind of wanting to make Henry [Cejudo] vs. Aljo early next year. I'd fight the winner later. That's kind of what I'm getting, but nothing official."
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