UFC president Dana White was very pleased by Sean O’Malley’s performance at UFC 260.
On the main card of the pay-per-view, O’Malley was looking to return to the win column against Thomas Almeida. Early on, O’Malley was landing heavy shots and dropped the Brazilian in the first-round and walked away as he thought the fight was over.
Unfortunately, the ref did not stop the fight and the scrap continued. However, the fight was much of the same as Sean O’Malley was picking him apart en route to a third-round KO win.
“He did it twice tonight,” White told reporters at the UFC 260 post-fight press conference about O’Malley’s win (h/t MMAFighting). “He looked good coming back in off of the ‘Chito’ Vera fight, he came in tonight against a real tough kid, durable, with serious punching power and he put on a masterpiece tonight.
“He picked him apart, stayed on the outside, and did whatever he wanted to do,” White continued about O’Malley. “He hurt him [in the first round], thought he finished him and then finished him again in the third round. You really couldn’t have put on a better performance than he did tonight.”
With the win, Sean O’Malley has a lot of hype back behind his name. He also showed off how good of a striker he is and even took some leg kicks to silence some doubters about his weak ankles.
However, the big question that came out of Saturday is who is next for O’Malley. Many believed he deserves a top-15 opponent but the rematch with Marlon Vera is also an option. Yet Dana White didn’t seem too interested in that fight as it is a scrap that can happen anywhere.
“You can make that fight anytime,” White stated. “That one’s always there, but I don’t know what’s next for either one of those guys.”