A little over a week after Sean O’Malley captured the UFC bantamweight title, the likely next featherweight title challenger is throwing his name in the hat for a future appearance on “The Sugar Show.”
Following Saturday’s UFC Singapore event — which saw Max Holloway knock out The Korean Zombie in the main event — Ilia Topuria gave his thoughts on the fight, before turning his attention to featherweight champ Alexander Volkanovski, as well as O’Malley.
I respect these two @BlessedMMA and @KoreanZombieMMA, but it's time for them to retire. @SugaSeanMMA, keep rising up, and maybe one day we'll share the octagon and you @alexvolkanovski, get ready to tap out! The masterclass is coming for you.— Ilia Topuria (@Topuriailia) August 26, 2023
Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
“I respect these two [Holloway and Korean Zombie], but it’s time for them to retire,” Topuria said. “[O’Malley], keep rising up, and maybe one day we’ll share the octagon, and you [Volkanovski], get ready to tap out! The masterclass is coming for you.”
Anyone else in for Sean O'Malley vs. Ilia Topuria down the road? pic.twitter.com/BWQXanN5QC— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 27, 2023
“I have risen. Your turn to rise up,” O’Malley said in response.
“I see this fight as too easy of a challenge, I would like to find convincing reasons to face you, but at the moment, I can’t seem to find anything that captures my [attention],” Topuria stated. “Keep rising and let’s see if someday you deserve my time.”
O’Malley is well aware of what will me the probable next step for Topuria, which is a showdown with Volkanovski for the title, and should the rising contender pull of the upset against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, that would get O’Malley’s attention.
The war of words continues pic.twitter.com/Z66oKEGLKT— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 27, 2023
While it seemed like both fighters got to say what they needed to, Topuria took thinks in a different direction when it comes to fellow Georgian fighter and top-ranked bantamweight Merab Dvalishvili.
“You [won’t] get passed [Merab] to come see me, so sit and wait like the good little dog you are,” said Topuria.