UFC bantamweight contender Pedro Munhoz revealed the holes that he sees in top prospect Sean O’Malley’s game ahead of UFC 276.
Munhoz and O’Malley will open up the UFC 276 pay-per-view card next weekend at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Munhoz is established as one of the top-10 bantamweights in the world, while O’Malley is just a few spots behind him in the rankings. For Munhoz, this fight represents an opportunity to halt the momentum of one of the sport’s top prospects, while for O’Malley, it’s his chance to step up in competition against one of the best in the world and jump into the top 10.
Speaking to AG Fight ahead of UFC 276, Munhoz was asked where he sees holes in O’Malley’s game. O’Malley has only lost once in the UFC, via injury TKO to Marlon Vera, but Munhoz believes he can exploit what he believes is a hole in O’Malley’s game when it comes to putting pressure on him.
“He has been growing well, he has this hype behind him and it also shows in his results. But analyzing his fight, he seems more tired in the last rounds, he likes to dominate the distance, he doesn’t like to be pressured and that goes against our style, because I like to fight with pressure. I know in which areas I can beat him,” he added.
Munhoz is currently stuck in a skid where he has lost four of his last five fights, but he has only lost to elite fighters in the UFC bantamweight division. O’Malley arguably is a step down in competition from the guys who Munhoz has been fighting lately. That being said, O’Malley is a very talented fighter, and although Munhoz believes he has found holes in his game, he isn’t taking him lightly.
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