Sean O’Malley believes Dominick Cruz will defeat Marlon Vera in August.
Cruz and Vera are set to headline a Fight Night card on August 13 in San Diego in a crucial fight for the bantamweight division. The winner could very well get a title shot and for O’Malley, who fought Vera, he believes Cruz is just too skilled for ‘Chito.’
“When Jose (Aldo) fought Chito, I said, I think Jose wins that fight. When Chito fought Frankie (Edgar), I said, I think Chito wins that fight. Chito fought Rob (Font), I think I said, Chito wins that fight. Chito vs. Dom (Cruz), I think Dom wins,” O’Malley said on his YouTube channel. “I just think Dom’s gonna be a little bit too fast, just a little bit better than Chito. But, with that being said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Chito won, but I do think Dom’s gonna take that.”
Of course, O’Malley and Vera fought in the co-main event of UFC 252 and it was ‘Chito’ who won by first-round TKO. In the fight, Vera used a lot of leg kicks which eventually damaged O’Malley’s leg and the fight was called off. Since then, the two have taken shots at one another and the possibility of a rematch seems likely given the way their careers are going.
Sean O’Malley is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 276 on July 2 against Pedro Munhoz. Should ‘Suga’ win, he will enter the top-10 of the rankings and could very well get an opponent in the top-five next.
As for Vera, as mentioned, he’s set to face Cruz next. ‘Chito’ has gone 3-1 since his win over O’Malley, scoring victories over Davey Grant, Frankie Edgar, and Rob Font with the one loss coming to Jose Aldo.
What do you make of Sean O’Malley saying Dominick Cruz defeats Marlon Vera on August 13?