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Urijah Faber not sure if Sean O’Malley will win fight with Merab Dvalishvili: ‘That’s a bad match’

Urijah Faber not sure if Sean O’Malley will win fight with Merab Dvalishvili: ‘That’s a bad match’

Urijah Faber recently spoke with us here at Lowkick MMA and gave his thoughts on how current bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley would fare against what many consider his toughest challenger yet: Merab Dvalishvili.

It almost seems predestined that O’Malley and Dvalishvili will fight for the title. ‘Suga’ continues to freeze anyone who stands in the UFC’s way, and Dvalishvili has long been a seemingly unstoppable force in the 135lbs division. ‘The Machine’ is currently on an astonishing ten-fight win streak in the UFC, and denying him a title shot now will be virtually impossible.

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The debate between Sean O’Malley and Merab Dvalishvili is intriguing. Some don’t see how O’Malley will be able to handle the near non-stop pressure of ‘The Machine’, while others believe ‘Suga’ will rise to the occasion. Urijah Faber was kind enough to weigh in on the matter and share his thoughts as a UFC hall-of-famer and elite MMA coach.

Urijah Faber weighs in on the match between Sean O’Malley and Merab Dvalishvili

“I think it will be hard to say,” Urijah Faber told LowKick MMA reporter Makoa Goble when asked how O’Malley might handle the offensive wrestling pressure that ‘The Machine’ can bring. “You’d think so, but no one else has been able to stop wrestling, even Henry Cejudo.”

Merab Dvalishvili’s suffocating wrestling pressure has been unstoppable so far. Many have accurately described ‘The Machine’ as a ‘grinder’, and that’s true. For the most part, he simply gives his opponents no quarter and no room to breathe.

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“Honestly, that’s a bad fit for O’Malley,” Faber continued. “Because Merab is so sustainable. That guy is durable. He’s fought some killers and seen some of their best offense. The only time he really got hurt is when he knocked himself out and punched himself, you know.”

“But O’Malley has that It factor. He has a certain finesse, he has a kind of matador style. Merab is definitely a bull, and if O’Malley can put on his perfect fight, he’ll just tag him with clean shots and stay on the outside. O’Malley’s wrestling is really good. I have trained with some of his training partners, and they are really high-level training partners… It could go either way.”

Who do you think will win between Sean O’Malley and Merab Dvalishvili?