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Sean O’Malley couldn’t have been extra spectacular than he was throughout his knockout of Eddie Wineland within the pay-per-view opener on Saturday at UFC 250.

O’Malley fired a crackling straight proper hand that landed on the chin, dropping Wineland and ending the combat at 1:54 of the primary.

It was a formidable efficiency and results in the query: The place does the UFC go to get his subsequent opponent? O’Malley nonetheless is a creating prospect and hasn’t had the elite stage of expertise most prospects get.

Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya fast-tracked to the title and gained the interim belt inside 13 months of becoming a member of the UFC, however he had quite a lot of MMA expertise in addition to kickboxing expertise earlier than he debuted within the UFC.

O’Malley’s coach, Tim Welch, urged after Saturday’s combat that he can be excited about a bout with Cody Garbrandt. The previous bantamweight champion ended a three-fight shedding streak with a formidable knockout at 4:59 of the second spherical of Raphael Assuncao within the co-main occasion.

On the post-fight information convention, Garbrandt dismissed O’Malley as a possible challenger and stated he was in search of an opponent ranked as excessive as doable. O’Malley nonetheless isn’t ranked.

Sean O’Malley prepares to combat Eddie Wineland of their bantamweight bout throughout UFC 250 at UFC Apex on Saturday in Las Vegas. (Picture by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

O’Malley stated he’s excited about combating at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, which can host reveals on July 11, July 15, July 18 and July 25.

“I’d prefer to proceed to combat in Vegas, I suppose, but when Combat Island’s a factor, we will begin to have a look at different opponents who’re outdoors america,” O’Malley stated after the combat Saturday. “I don’t have a reputation proper now. It will depend on who’s wholesome, who’s coming off a win and the way a few of these fights may play out. There are too many issues I ought to be capable to determine, however I ought to be capable to determine it out quick.

“I’ve no accidents. My shin hurts [because] I feel I landed on his elbow, however aside from that, I’m wholesome and able to go.”

His subsequent opponent will say a lot of what the UFC thinks of him and the place he’s. If he retains this stage of efficiency up as he will increase his stage of opposition, prepare to listen to loads about “The Sugar Present.” He’s the true deal and has all the pieces wanted to be a star.

Diaz holds the keys

Conor McGregor’s announcement that he’s retiring — yawn — is an indication of frustration greater than something. McGregor needs to combat an necessary, significant combat, however there’s not a lot that is sensible for him now.

Justin Gaethje gained the interim light-weight championship by defeating Tony Ferguson final month at UFC 249 in a bout he took when champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was caught in Russia and couldn’t journey due to the pandemic.

The UFC wished McGregor to be the backup for that present, which McGregor spoke about earlier than and after his victory at UFC 246 on Jan. 18 over Donald Cerrone. However he didn’t need to prepare as a backup and so when somebody was wanted, Gaethje acquired the decision.

It’s a must to give Gaethje credit score for not solely destroying Ferguson, however for recognizing that to ensure that him to be thought of the most effective fighter on the earth, he’d need to defeat Nurmagomedov. A win over McGregor would get him consideration, however nobody would think about him the most effective on the earth for beating McGregor.

Ferguson is recovering from his accidents and never accessible to combat. Jorge Masvidal is in a contract dispute with the UFC and isn’t combating.

So outdated good friend Nate Diaz could possibly be the man for McGregor. The issue there’s, it’s troublesome to get Diaz to maneuver. He slow-plays all the pieces, even when he needs to combat and there’s no signal now he does.

But when Diaz is itching to get again, he’s the right opponent to get McGregor to finish his most up-to-date retirement.

What’s subsequent for Amanda Nunes?

Famous person Amanda Nunes, who holds the UFC’s girls’s bantamweight and featherweight titles, stated she needs to take the remainder of the yr off. Her associate, Nina Ansaroff, is pregnant with the couple’s first little one, Raegan Ann Nunes, who’s due in September.

Nunes isn’t certain whom she needs to combat or at what weight class. At featherweight, there are valuable few challengers. If Nunes and the UFC wished to spur the expansion of the division, they need to make Nunes defend that belt subsequent.

So whereas she’s out, there could possibly be exercise within the division to attempt to provide you with a big challenger. The UFC may even signal fighters to the division with the hope of constructing it.

The UFC doesn’t even have sufficient feminine featherweights to do rankings. If they alter that by taking the division critically and having a champion who needs to defend the belt, perhaps it could possibly develop it within the champion’s maternity go away.

He stated it

“I’ve been trying ahead to stepping again into the Octagon and my gymnasium for some time now. I missed my crew and the competitors. We’ve a terrific recreation plan. The attention damage did put me out longer than anticipated, and I do know my followers have been anxious for me to step again within the cage, nevertheless it was necessary to verify my well being was 100 p.c protected earlier than committing to a combat. I’m feeling nice now and searching ahead to bringing dwelling one other belt so as to add to the gathering Aug. 15.” — UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic on his upcoming rubber match with Daniel Cormier at UFC 252.

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