Daniel Cormier Tells Sean O’Malley To Avert One Bantamweight Contender

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Daniel Cormier, former two-division UFC champion, has one piece of advice for Sean O’Malley, and that’s to avoid one particular fighter in the bantamweight division- Merab Dvalishvili.

Merab and his fighting style… could present problems for O’Malley: Daniel Cormier 

“Sugar”, one of the most popular faces in the UFC, has been on a superb rise in the division. With his most recent win coming against Petr Yan at UFC 280 back in October, O’Malley is now the number one ranked bantamweight, making him the next in line for a direct shot at the title.

O’Malley’s opponent for the bantamweight belt would be decided via the upcoming clash between Henry Cejudo and the reigning champion Aljamain Sterling, which the latter himself announced back in earlier December.

“I’m announcing that I am going to fight Henry next,” Sterling said on his podcast. “We are targeting March. I will say Ali, brother, it’s done but it’s still not done until there’s ink on the paper but it’s done. But it’s still kind of not done but this is the fight that’s going to happen next.”

While the two seem to be the toughest challenge for O’Malley, Daniel Cormier has somone else in mind- Merab Dvalishvili, whom ‘DC’ thinks as the fighter O’Malley should steer clear from.

“There’s only one name I would steer clear of if I’m Sean O’Malley, and that’s Merab Dvalishvili,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel. “Because I believe that Merab and his pressure fighting style could present some matchup problems for O’Malley. Am I saying no he can’t win? Not at all. But I’m saying because of the wrestling, the pressure, you don’t want to be stuck in there with Merab. The dude’s a savage.”

“I get being frustrated. But, Sean O’Malley, do not allow for the frustration to lead to bad decisions. I think the fight with Merab, when on the verge of a title fight, could be a bad decision. Yeah, he can win. Absolutely. I think the kid is as good as anyone. No one could have told me that this kid from the Contender Series will become this. It’s been great to see, and I don’t know when Sean will fight for the title, but I do know that when he does, it’ll be a massive moment for the UFC,” he added. [H/T MMA Junkie]

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