Sean O’Malley interfered in Sean Strickland’s scheduled fight against kickboxing veteran Alex Pereira. Strickland is currently tied with Paulo Costa and Derek Brunson in the UFC middleweight rankings as all three are ranked number four.
Meanwhile, Pereira isn’t even ranked in the top 15 of the UFC middleweight division. Either way, many in the MMA community see the Brazilian combat sports veteran as a threat to anyone in the UFC 185-pound division.
Pereira is a former Glory middleweight and light heavyweight champion in the sport of kickboxing. Additionally, the Brazilian has two wins over reigning UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, albeit in kickboxing bouts. “Poatan” also holds the distinction of being the only fighter to knock out Adesanya in a professional combat sports bout.
ESPN-MMA Brett Okamoto recently reported that Strickland and Pereira verbally agreed to a fight at UFC 277 on July 30. In an edition of The BrOMalley showUFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley and his brother Daniel O’Malley discussed the aforementioned Strickland-Pereira matchup.
“Suga” credited Strickland with agreeing to put his coveted spot in the middleweight rankings on the line to face a dangerous unranked fighter like Pereira. Sean O’Malley said:
“What a beast Sean Strickland is for saying ‘shit, I’m going to fight him’ – Like, that’s putting his number up there. And like, Alex ain’t like, Pereira ain’t like a star. [Strickland] Doing her a huge fucking favor. Moreover, in response to Daniel O’Malley suggesting that Pereira is a bad match for Strickland, Sean O’Malley simply said, “Sean Strickland is crazy. It’s a beast. He’s a mobster.
Watch Sean O’Malley discuss the Strickland-Pereira fight and more below:
Sean Strickland on his next fight against Alex Pereira
In a recent interview with Helen Yee, Sean Strickland talked about his upcoming clash against Alex Pereira. ‘Tarzan’ acknowledged the danger Pereira poses, especially in the striking realm of combat, but said he looked forward to it nonetheless. strickland said:
“With [Alex Pereira], it’s like, this kind of scary stuff. Like, that kinda turns me on, you know. You see it, you’re like, ‘Oh man, like, you’re a big scary kickboxer. I want to fight you. So I like that it has that unknown factor, you know. New blood. I mean, new blood.”
Watch the full interview below:
Strickland alluded to the fact that fellow top middleweights Robert Whittaker and Marvin Vettori have both lost to current UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya twice respectively. Speaking of which, “Tarzan” pointed out that the winner of the match between him and Pereira should receive the next shot at the UFC middleweight title.