Marlon Vera TKO's injured Sean O'Malley in Round 1

Marlon Vera inside the octagon following his UFC 252 win over Sean O'Malley.

Marlon Vera criticizes Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz matchup: “They couldn’t find him a better fight in the top 10”

Marlon Vera criticized the UFC for the Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz matchup, saying “they couldn’t find him a better fight in the top 10.”

Vera and O’Malley have been rivals for the past two years ever since Vera won their fight at UFC 252 via first-round injury TKO. Since then, they have talked a lot of trash to each other in the media, but the UFC matchmakers have kept them on separate paths in terms of a rematch to this point. It’s something that could happen down the road, but at this point, both men are getting booked for different fights.

For O’Malley, his next fight will come against Munhoz at UFC 276. Munhoz is ranked higher than O’Malley and is a very experienced, talented fighter, but according to Vera, it’s a very favorable matchup for “Sugar.” Speaking to Brendan Schaub on “Food Truck Diaries,” Vera explained why the Munhoz matchup favors O’Malley, pointing to his advantages in terms of height (five inches) and reach (seven inches).

“They couldn’t find him a better fight in the top 10. They find the smaller guy with the shorter reach. Everything is to benefit ‘Sugar’ because even if he lost, he’s gonna make an excuse. ‘Oh, I fought a tough guy,’ which who f*cking cares? I’ve beat him. When people come to me about it, I’m like, ‘I don’t need that. I’m not looking for hype, I’m not looking for more followers, I don’t give two f*cks.’ I’m making my money, I’m getting up, I’m going after the belt. I’m not going after the hype. I’m not looking to be cool because I know I’m cool. I know I’m funny, I don’t need to chase that sh*t. When you try too hard, you won’t get it,” Vera said (h/t

Do you agree with Marlon Vera for his criticism of the upcoming Sean O’Malley vs. Pedro Munhoz matchup at UFC 276?

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