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Sean O’Malley explains why he is reluctant to fight Cody Garbrandt: “I go out there and lose to Cody, that does a lot of negative damage towards me”

Bantamweight standout Sean O’Malley has explained why he is reluctant to fight former champion Cody Garbrandt next time out.

O’Malley (15-1 MMA) and Garbrandt (12-5 MMA) have been trash talking one another for some time now and even squared off with each other prior to last month’s UFC 269 event in Las Vegas

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‘Suga’ went on to score a first-round TKO victory over Raulian Paiva on December 11, while ‘No Love’ wound up suffering a knockout loss at the hands of Kai Kara-France.

Had both men emerged victorious at UFC 269, there is no doubt that a fight between Sean O’Malley and Cody Garbrandt would have made a lot of sense. However, with Cody losing, again by way of knockout, ‘Suga’ says the fight no longer does much for him.

Sean O'Malley, Cody Garbrandt
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O’Malley shared the following words on Michael Bisping’s ‘Believe You Me‘ podcast:

“After Cody got knocked out, I got asked at the press conference: ‘What do you wanna say?’. And I just said, ‘I feel bad for him’. He’s lost a lot of fights in a row, and I don’t really have anything negative to say about him.” Sean O’Malley said of Cody Garbrandt. “It’s just tough. If I go out there and beat him… I do not see it doing much for me right now. He’s 1-6 or something in his last seven. I think he’s won one fight since 2017. I go out there and beat him, it doesn’t really do what it would’ve (done) three or four fights ago. I go out there and lose to Cody, who’s 1-7 and just got knocked out, that does a lot of negative damage towards me. I just don’t think that’s realistically the next fight.”

As noted by O’Malley above, Garbrandt has gone just 1-5 over his past six Octagon appearances, with four of those losses coming by way of knockout.

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