Simon needed a fight with OMalley once more following his impressive second-round submission make an impression on the previously undefeated Jack Shore at UFC Long Island. That callout finished up being in vain, as OMalley ultimately landed a romantic date with former UFC champion Petr Yan at UFC 280. But before the booking, Simon was honest about his take on OMalleys invest the bantamweight division.
Its the largest fight, with level of eyes, and minimal dangerous and easiest fight in my own division, for me, Simon said. I believe OMalleys easy and simple fight of all guys I possibly could be fighting in the top-10. I understand he has a large following also it will be entertaining for the fans, aswell. Hes proficient at what he does, and Im mean within.
Simon was then asked if OMalley will be a less strenuous fight than Shore, who entered the octagon at UFC Long Island with an ideal 16-0 record, and he doubled down.
Oh, yeah [its a less strenuous fight], Simon said. Jack Shore could defend some of these takedowns. You observe how skinny OMalleys hips are? Those freaking little skinny legs? I’d wrap my arms around his legs and Im likely to carry him around exactly like I did so Jack who’s a means better grappler and I’d slam him on his head so very bad.
OMalley had his first big top-10 test at UFC 276 when he faced Pedro Munhoz. The fight ended abruptly following an accidental eye poke from OMalley and the bout was ruled a no contest.
In Simons eyes, the fight combined with the result was extremely disappointing.
It had been kind of just how I imagined the fight going because Seans this type of counterstriker and he previously this type of big reach advantage, Simon explained. I thought Pedro could probably kick his legs, and I thought he could have the ability to do more, but all he really did was leg strikes. Boring. It had been sort of a disappointed. I was probably most excited for that fight since it was in my own division, and the initial real big test for OMalley. It had been sort of a boring, lackluster finish.
I thought he lost the initial round, and I believe all of the judges had it this way, aswell.