Cody Garbrandt recently called out Sean O’Malley despite having lost his latest fight in brutal fashion, and now ‘Suga’ has shut-down any talk of the match-up becoming a reality.
“Dude, Cody’s not getting that fight,” O’Malley said on his podcast. “When he said it, you could see it in his voice. He’s like, ‘Oh, I want…’ but that fight’s not happening. It doesn’t make sense for him to say that. You wonder if that’s CTE. He’s been knocked out five times in the last two years. That fight’s not happening, at least not next. It just doesn’t make sense, dude. It literally just doesn’t make sense. If you look at his record. No, that’s not next.
“You’re telling me that makes sense? Knockout, knockout, knockout.”
It’s a harsh assessment, but for the most part it’s true, although O’Malley is over-exaggerating when he says he’s been knocked out five times in two years.
The actual stats are still alarming though, with Garbrandt having been TKO’d four times in four years against TJ Dillashaw (twice), Pedro Munhoz and most recently Kai Kara-France, while he’s also suffered a decision loss to Rob Font, with the sole bright spot in his past six Octagon outings being a KO win over Raphael Assuncao last year.
As such, O’Malley sees very little upside for himself if he pursued a fight with Garbrandt.
“I go out there and knock out Cody, it’s like he’s 1-8. I lose to Cody, I lose to someone who’s looked at as kind of who sucks now.”