Pedro Munhoz says Sean O’Malley is legit but can be taken down

Pedro Munhoz will not make it easy for Sean O’Malley to continue his rise when they meet at UFC 276

Bantamweight might be the most talented in all of MMA, let alone that ufcright now, so no fight seems less than a tough test.

And if you ask Pedro Munhoz, it’s been quite a competition he’s had to face in recent years.

Munhoz is only 2-4 in his last six, but his opponents have no shortage of former champions and big names – Cody Garbrandt, Aljamain Sterling, Frankie Edgar, Jimmie Rivera, and Jose Aldo Dominic Cruz.

That’ll be taken even further when UFC 276 comes around, where he’ll open up the pay-per-view portion of the card against a rising star Sean O’Malley.

Pedro Munhoz feels he has what it takes to take down Sean O’Malley at UFC 276

“It’s pretty crazy,” Munhoz said in his pre-fight UFC 276 media scrum. “I was talking about that [in] all job interviews. You asked the same question – your last six fights, it was five former champions, four fights of the night. So yeah, if I think I can rest a bit, they just give me another big test.

Since Sean O’Malley’s appearance in the second episode of Dana White’s Contender series, he seems to be a project for the UFC to become a big-name star.

After his Contender Series knockout of Alfred Khashakyan, O’Malley won four straight – though two years of injuries and USADA troubles separated each pair of fights – topped by a highlight knockout from Eddie Wineland.

O’Malley’s unbeaten record came to an abrupt end thanks to Marlon Vera but he has since bounced back with goals from Thomas Almeida, Kris Moutinho and Raulian Paiva.

“I believe he’s real,” Munhoz said. “People have asked me the same question before and my answer remains the same. I think he is legit. He’s won many fights, he’s tall, long, fights with both stances, has many skills. I will definitely be like a great test for him.”

O’Malley tends to put on a show at the Octagon (it’s called “The Suga Show” after all), and he has 11 of his 15 wins by KO/TKO.

However, Munhoz could end up being a different case for him as The Young Punisher has not been knocked out or submitted in his MMA career.

And if O’Malley wants to go through Munhoz and continue climbing up the UFC’s 135-pound rankings, Munhoz plans to put him through a war.

In fact, Munhoz says he can win at a distance.

“I think I can stop him safely within three laps,” Munhoz said.

“It’s going to be a war, 100 percent. Every time I step into the Octagon I’m ready to give everything I have. Every single drop of sweat and no regrets when I leave the Octagon. So and on Saturday night it will be no different. You know, I’m willing to take whatever I can, push it to the limit and take it to deep waters.”

UFC 276: Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier takes place live from T-Mobile Arena on Saturday 2nd July 2022 in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA on-site for all your news and highlights. Pedro Munhoz says Sean O’Malley is legit but can be taken down

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