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Sean O’Malley jab at Cody Garbrandt starts Twitter sparring session

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Bantamweight standout Sean O’Malley wasn’t cheering Cody Garbrandt’s push for a flyweight title shot against Deiveson Figueiredo.

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 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.

Naturally, Garbrandt wasn’t thrilled to have his flyweight coming-out party spoiled by a young upstart, and so began a sparring session.

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.