UFC News: Sean O'Malley fires back at Henry Cejudo for wanting to fight for an interim belt

Sean O'Malley has claimed former UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo is eager to fight because of money.

Henry Cejudo in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
By Shivam Khatwani | Nov 1, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Sean O’Malley has clapped back at the former UFC bantamweight champion Henry Cejudo for wanting to fight for an interim championship. This comes after ‘Triple C’ had urged Dana White to make a fight between him and O’Malley since Aljamain Sterling will not be fighting before June next year.

Henry Cejudo has been out of action for over two years since his fight against Dominick Cruz and is eager to come back to the octagon. While Cejudo himself has claimed that he wants to get back because he wants to win the UFC gold again, Sean O’Malley has suggested that it isn’t the case.

During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Sean O’Malley suggested that he has been eager to fight only because he has no money left. He said: “That dude is. I heard from someone close to Henry that he’s got like thirty-seven dollars in the bank. He’s literally just trying to do anything to get some money, trying to book a fight. Even if he and ‘Aljo’ [Sterling] go fight, they’ll probably be some co-main event.”

Watch the full interview below:

Will Sean O’Malley get the next title shot?

While Sean O’Malley deservedly put himself next line to get the UFC bantamweight championship shot after beating Petr Yan, he might not be the one to actually get it.

As mentioned earlier, Henry Cejudo has made his case clear and wants to fight Aljamain Sterling for the title. However, Sterling’s long break from fighting can prove to shake things a little bit in the division and an interim bout between O’Malley and Cejudo can be made.

Petr Yan vs Sean O'Malley
Petr Yan vs Sean O’Malley (Image via: Twitter)

That said, while nothing has been confirmed by the UFC just yet, it will be interesting to see how the title contention shapes up in UFC’s bantamweight division.

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