Simon, who boasts a professional mixed martial arts record of 19-3, spoke with Low Kick MMA about his No. 13-ranked counterpart. Simon is known for his powerful frame and wrestling prowess, and he believes that’s why he and “Suga” haven’t met inside the Octagon.
“You know why, you know why,” Simon said. “He (Sean O’Malley) doesn’t want to deal with the wrestling – he doesn’t want to deal with that wrestling, his skinny body couldn’t handle the power doubles, for sure.”
Simon continued, saying that unlike O’Malley’s UFC 276 opponent, No. 10 Pedro Munhoz, he’s a “bad matchup” for Suga, who is in pursuit of 135-pound gold.
“And, I think he knows Pedro (Munhoz) will be more comfortable standing with him for longer periods of time,” Simon continued. “He won’t give him that wrestling, look, I’m just such a bad matchup for him at this stage of his career that he’s just not gonna take the fight, which is – alright, if you want to play your way to the title, that’s all you, good on you. Don’t be saying my name and act like you wanna fight me, and not fight me, ‘cause that pisses me off. I’m all about it. I think I’m the best in the world at this point. … Don’t be talking and acting like you’re something, when you’re not.”
Simon is scheduled to fight undefeated prospect Jake Shore on July 16.
O’Malley Plans to Fight for a Title Next Year
If things go according to plan for Suga, he’ll be competing for the bantamweight championship next year. That’s what he told Ariel Helwani during a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour.”
“Two more finishes — early 2023, I’m fighting for the belt, whoever has it,” O’Malley said via MMA Fighting. I think after this fight, I go out there, I’ve got to finish Pedro — and I go out there, let’s say I finish Pedro, I get a top-5 guy, whoever that is.”
O’Malley is 15-1 as a professional, with his sole defeat coming at the hands of Marlon Vera in August 2020. He’s earned three KO/TKO victories since his defeat to “Chito,” beating Raulian Piva, Kris Moutinho and …read more