At UFC San Antonio, Cory Sandhagen discusses what prevented him from confronting Sean O’Malley. (Exclusive)

The reason why Sean O’Malley was not called out after his most recent UFC victory has been disclosed by Cory Sandhagen.The Sandman recently gave James Lynch an exclusive interview for Sportskeeda MMA in which he spoke about a variety of subjects, including his views on the upcoming fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Islam Makhachev and the possibility of facing Merab Dvalishvili, whom he had previously criticised after his previous fight.Sandhagen responded that he thought “The Machine” to be a more difficult challenge than “Suga” when questioned why he did not call out Sean O’Malley instead of Merab.

“At that point, the value issue becomes the only consideration… Although O’Malley is a skilled combatant, Merab presents a more formidable opponent. Will I call out a man who I know is not that difficult a task even though everyone portrays him as a very well-known and well-liked man? I’m not overly concerned with my reputation or popularity. I’ll follow my guiding principles and seek for the most difficult challenge, which is Merab. Not O’Malley, though. So, presumably, that’s the person I get next.

Marlon Vera and Cory Sandhagen recently faced off at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas, on March 25. For the majority of the battle, “The Sandman” prevailed over Vera, ultimately winning by a split decision.

Sean O’Malley shares his thoughts on possibly being the backup fighter for Aljamain Sterling vs. Henry Cejudo

Sean O’Malley, a rising star in the UFC, does not enjoy the thought of serving as a back-up fighter for the upcoming championship match between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo at UFC 288, which will take place.

O’Malley revealed he would be unable to train to the best of his ability when there is a high possibility he would not even get to compete in a recent episode of his podcast, TimboSugarShow:

“I had really intended to cover for Henry-Aljo. Now is the time to go to a programme and complete five fives. Planning for a fight is difficult enough when you know you’re going to fight, but when you don’t know you’re going to fight, you can’t train the same way, and you’re not in a situation where you’re saying, “Well, it’s my only chance, I need to be a backup,” do you? The fight is five weeks away; if I received the call, I would say, “I’m not ready to do five f**king fives.” I’m leaving the reserve fighter, so. I never claimed to be, but this is startling news.

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