Ilia Topuria Tells Sean O’Malley to Defend Title Before Advancing to Higher Division

Ilia Topuria’s got his eyes on a new prize, even before he’s had a chance to defend his featherweight title. He’s tossing some advice Sean O’Malley’s way, suggesting the bantamweight champ should consider another defense before aiming for double-champ status.

Meanwhile, O’Malley’s fresh off a win. He dominated Marlon Vera at UFC 299, securing a unanimous decision in his favor. Before this fight, “Suga” was already hinting at a potential clash with Topuria, assuming he got past Vera.

Post-fight, O’Malley was all about the callout. He’s open to another bantamweight defense, especially if it’s against Merab Dvalishvili, but Ilia? That’s the fight he’s really itching for. “He’s a scary dude,” O’Malley admitted, but it’s clear he’s up for the challenge.

Dvalishvili, on standby for the UFC 299 main event, is on a hot streak with ten wins. He’s the talk of the town as the next rightful contender for the bantamweight belt. O’Malley’s future plans are up in the air, but Topuria chimed in with some guidance, suggesting O’Malley should focus on Merab next.

“Suga, congrats… Was a beautiful performance!” Topuria praised on social media. He’s nudging O’Malley towards Dvalishvili, hinting that’s the fight to make before anything else.

While Topuria’s advising O’Malley to hold off on moving up, he’s not shy about calling out big names himself. Right after taking the title from Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 298, he’s already targeting Islam Makhachev and even Khabib Nurmagomedov. Talk about aiming high.

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