They may not be fighting each other on Saturday night, but two UFC stars got into it during the UFC 269 press conference on December 9, 2021.
The event goes down this Saturday night, and Sean O’Malley and Cody Garbrandt will compete during the main card. “Sugar Sean” will take on Raulian Paiva to open the main card and then Garbrandt will make the walk right after when he fights Kai Kara-France.
And even though they are both focused on their opponents, the two seemingly couldn’t help themselves from getting into a verbal back and forth. It led to the two getting out of their chairs and walking toward each other before security broke things up.
Watch O’Malley and “No Love” feud below via the YouTube embed:
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Garbrandt Will Make His 125-Pound Debut
December 11, 2021, will mark Garbrandt’s UFC flyweight debut, and for it, he drew the always-tough Kara-France. No Love, who is the former UFC bantamweight champion, is coming off lopsided unanimous decision loss to Rob Font in May 2021.
Before the Font fight, No Love had expressed interest in moving to 125 pounds and he was even scheduled to fight then-flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo in November 2020. However, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced out of the bout.
Garbrandt is now prepared to defeat the No. 6-ranked 125 pounder and put himself in title contention.
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O’Malley Is Going for 3 Wins in a Row
Sugar Sean will step inside the Octagon for the sole purpose of taking out Paiva in devastating fashion. O’Malley is currently two fights removed from his only professional MMA defeat, when he was finished by Marlon Vera in the first round of their contest during UFC 252 in August 2020.
Since then, he’s rattled off two victories, knocking out Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 and finishing Kris Moutinho with strikes at UFC 264.
He has a professional MMA record of 14-1 and should he beat Paiva, he’ll likely be knocking on the door of the bantamweight top 15.
UFC 269 Full Fight Card
UFC 269 goes down on December 11, 2021, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card has two title fights. In the main event, lightweight champion Charles Oliveira will look to defend his title for the first time by taking out Dustin Poirier. And in the co-main event, the consensus women’s MMA GOAT, Amanda Nunes, will put her bantamweight title on the line against Julianna Pena.
See the full fight card below:
Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier, Lightweight Title Fight
Amanda Nunes vs. Julianna Pena, Women’s Bantamweight Title Fight
eoff Neal vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio, Welterweight
Kai Kara-France vs. Cody Garbrandt, Flyweight
Raulian Paiva vs. Sean O’Malley, Bantamweight
Josh Emmett vs. Dan Ige, Featherweight
Dominick Cruz vs. Pedro Munhoz, Bantamweight
Augusto Sakai vs. Tai Tuivasa, Heavyweight
Jordan Wright vs. Bruno Silva, Middleweight
Early Preliminary Card
Andre Muniz vs. Eryk Anders, Middleweight
Erin Blanchfield vs. Miranda Maverick, Women’s Flyweight
Alex Perez vs. Matt Schnell, Flyweight
Ryan Hall vs. Darrick Minner, Featherweight
Randy Costa vs. Tony Kelley, Bantamweight
Gillian Robertson vs. Priscila Cachoeira, Women’s Flyweight