Charles Oliveira controversially missing weight ahead of his lightweight title fight at UFC 274 is still under discussion and Sean O’Malley recently gave his thoughts on the whole incident. The popular bantamweight said he still considers the Brazilian fighter a champion.
When he appeared on MMA hour, O’Malley recalled December 2021, when he and Oliveira were on the main card of UFC 269. According to the rising star, “Do Bronx” was overweight on the Thursday night before the weigh-ins.
O’Malley admitted he was shocked by this and had heard the former lightweight champion also gained weight the night before the UFC 274 weigh-ins.
“You know, the last time I fought Paiva [at UFC 269]Charles fought Dustin [Poirier]…Charles walks around at night with weight. I was like, ‘What the fuck?’ Some people, you know, Charles were walking around on the weight before Thursday night. And you know, I think I heard someone say it was you, you know, the same for the last fight.”
Due to missing the championship weight limit by 155 pounds, Charles Oliveira was stripped of the UFC lightweight title ahead of his victory over Justin Gaethje. Sean O’Malley claimed the whole situation “sucks” and he still considers “Do Bronx” a champion.
“It really sucks, I consider him the champion. I’m pretty sure everyone is going to consider him the champion…I think he’s a champion but that’s not fair. If the ladder was in question, it’s not fair. Above all, I think he would equalize the number of title defenses of Khabib. It sucks for him.”
Watch Sean O’Malley’s appearance on The MMA Hour below:
Sean O’Malley returns to the octagon at UFC 276
Sean O’Malley finally broke into the bantamweight rankings last year when he defeated Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 via first-round knockout. He now occupies 13th place in the standings.
Having fought mostly unranked fighters thus far, O’Malley will finally fight a big name in the division when he takes on veteran bantamweight Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276 in July.
Munhoz currently sits at No. 10 in the 135-pound rankings. He’s coming off back-to-back losses to former champions Dominick Cruz and Jose Aldo. The Brazilian never finished his professional career.
Sean O’Malley, who is known for his fight-ending abilities, will be aiming for a decisive victory when he takes on Munhoz later this year.