After O’Malley had called out former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz we anticipated the step-up in competition may have been on the horizon. However, O’Malley has informed fans that he’s content fighting unranked opponents as he gets paid the same. Are we lining up for another O’Malley showdown, or can Raulian Paiva cause another upset in his young career?
Sean O’Malley (14-1), who currently rides a two-fight win streak, knocking out Thomas Almeida in devasting fashion and dismantling late replacement Kris Moutinho with ease at UFC 264. The beating O’Malley put on Moutinho appears to still have the fan base unconvinced due to the skill level of his opposition. The two knockout victories O’Malley has obtained may have left the loss to Marlon Vera in the clouds for him, but not the fans. If Raulian Paiva is another victim of the “Suga Show” highlight reel collection, we need to see the step up once again.
Raulian Paiva (23-3) will more than likely be written off before the bout begins, which will add fuel to the fire. After Paiva’s successful contender series win in 2018, the Brazilian got off to the worst start possible in his UFC career, suffering two straight defeats to Kai Kara-France and Rogério Bontorin. Since then, the twenty-five-year-old was able to rebound with three wins on the bounce, finishing Mark De La Rosa and getting the nod via decision over Zhalgas Zhumagulov and Kyler Phillips. Paiva’s confidence will be sky high leading into UFC 269, and rightly so.
The UFC 269 current lineup includes:
- Charles Oliveria (C) vs. Dustin Poirier.
- Amanda Nunes (C) vs. Julianna Pena.
- Brandon Moreno (C) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
- Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz
- Kai Kara-France vs. Cody Garbrandt
- Priscila Cachoeira vs. Gillian Robertson.
- Montana De La Rosa vs. Maycee Barber
- Randy Costa vs. Anthony Kelley.
- Dricus Du Plessis vs. Andre Muniz.
- Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell.
- Ryan Hall vs. Darrick Minner.
- Sean O’Malley vs. Raulian Paiva
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