Sean O’Malley-Raulian Paiva game in preparation for UFC 269, O’Malley disputes reservation
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A stalemate seems to be brewing between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and a fighter he wants to build to become a celebrity.
announced Thursday night that Sean O’Malley (14-1) would likely be back in action on Dec. 11 at UFC 269 against Raulian Paiva (21-3) at bantamweight. The match has not been formalized as the contracts have not yet been signed. On a later
broadcast, by MMA reporter Alex behunin Shortly after the story came out, O’Malley claimed he was unaware of the booking and it surprised him.
If the fight comes to fruition, it would be O’Malley’s third in 2021. He knocked out Thomas Almeida in March, then returned to decimate
Kris Moutinho in July to bring his end of career rate to 79%. The wins served as a successful rebound after his first loss since turning pro in 2015, as he failed to beat Marlon Vera by first round knockout after taking damage from Vera’s kicks. .
Paiva has won three consecutive wins in his only career losing streak, knocking out Mark De La Rosa to put him on his current winning streak. Two decision wins over Zhalgas Zhumagulov and Kyler Phillips – the first a heavyweight catch after Paiva lacked weight and the last at bantamweight – have already earned him a spot on the UFC’s 135-pound rankings. Unlike his opponent, the Brazilian has a low arrival rate of 33%.
Much like that game, Charles Oliveira’s UFC 269 headliner against Dustin Poirier is still unconfirmed, but is expected to continue for lightweight gold. The December 11 show likely to be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will have three belts in play that night, with main co-event Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight strap against Julianna Pena. The Flyweight Championship trilogy between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will also end on the main card.