Since his fourth octagon win, a highlight-reel knockout over Eddie Wineland, O’Malley had turned up the heat on the ex-champ on social media and was undoubtedly laying the groundwork for a fight. So when Garbrandt told ESPN.com about his plan to drop to 125 pounds, he wasn’t too happy – and there was no better place to express that than on Twitter.
Here’s how it started.
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) July 31, 2020
Naturally, Garbrandt wasn’t thrilled to have his flyweight coming-out party spoiled by a young upstart, and so began a sparring session.
Don’t worry kid I’ll be running both divisions by 2021 hopefully by that time you’ll fight someone in the top 15.... https://t.co/SBD9f4WoKv— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 1, 2020
I hope you don’t get knocked out at strawweight because it won’t look as good when I knock you out. Good luck. https://t.co/5qdLq6L0oH— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) August 1, 2020
Hopefully you don’t have to get carried out of the cage like a bitch again... good luck https://t.co/IjI13HWXkC— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 1, 2020
You ain’t chasing greatness you are running from it.— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) August 1, 2020
O’Malley does have somewhere else to focus his energy, thankfully. In two weeks, he takes on Marlon Vera, a tough bantamweight who’s repeatedly targeted him on social media. He’s eager to get the last word on that one.