Sean O’Malley shares reason for declining a fight with Frankie Edgar

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Sean O’Malley was recently offered his biggest fight yet.

This past weekend the UFC revealed the first batch of fights set to take place at UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in Madison Square Garden. Among the bunch was a bantamweight tilt between Frankie Edgar and Marlon “Chito” Vera.

However, Vera wasn’t the UFC’s original choice to take on the former lightweight champion.

“I feel like I’m in a position where if you want me to fight in New York, and I don’t want to fight in New York, I’m not gonna fight in New York,” O’Malley told The Schmo (h/t MMA Junkie). “I’m in that position, and I had that conversation, and we’re good now.

“But yeah, I got offered a fight in New York against Frankie, and I said if Frankie wants to get whooped, he can get whooped in Vegas in December, a month later. They want Frankie to fight in New York, so they gave him ‘Chito’. Getting the ‘Suga Show’ against Frankie would’ve been a great fight for me, but I’m not too worried about it.”

Sean O’Malley (14-1) last fought at UFC 264 on July 10 when defeating Kris Moutinho via third-round TKO. The victory put O’Malley back on a winning streak after suffering his first and only career defeat to the aforementioned Vera in August 2020.

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