How do you rate your dimensions for the lightest weight? Generally perfect! Sometimes it happens that I weigh 70 kilograms and drive 10 kilograms – generally clearly.
Khabib had the same trauma as you, then he also had a relapse. Did you have a conversation with him about this? Maybe he motivated you somehow?
– To motivate – this was not. But he somehow holds me back. He says: “Don’t be in a hurry, otherwise you can break the“ crosses ”again. Let them grow stronger. ” He says that it takes time to recover. I decided to listen and do as he advises, so I will not force [return to the cage].
Do you share the opinion that the lightest weight in the UFC is the most competitive?
Oh sure. Now there are many high-class fighters – very big names: Jose Aldo, T.J. Dillashaw. There is also a competitive Georgian fighter … Merab [Dvalishvili].
He fights very well, he has already set a record [for takedowns in the bantamweight division]. There are a lot of good and tough guys, so I think the bantamweight is the most … one of the most competitive in the league.
It is believed that the UFC is dragging Sean O’Malley, but he is not in the top 15.
I would not say that Sean is not a top fighter. I would put him in the top 10.
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Even in the top 10?
Of course. He has four knockouts out of five fights.
Do you like his striking sports technique?
He’s not bad. We can say – it’s not bad.
It seems to me that so far he has had only one really serious test – Marlon Vera. And that fight was not very over for him … (O’Malley lost due to injury).
Well, here’s his last rival – a very tough guy who is lane, lane, lane (Chris Moutinho, O’Malley won by TKO. – Approx. “SE”). And Sean used his long levers, worked at a distance. But, of course, he still has something to prove – like any other fighter.
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