Sean O’Malley vs Kris Moutinho full fight preview
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight hopefuls Sean O’Malley and Kris Moutinho took place (Saturday, July 10, 2021) at UFC 264 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is not the game everybody wanted, especially when presented with such irregular options even when Louis Smolka was forced to step down.
Certainly not the fight O’Malley wanted, as “Suga” was hoping for a major victory on the biggest fight card of the year. Moutinho of Massachusetts, meanwhile, is in a different situation. No one knew his name a week ago, but now the CFFC veteran has a chance to shock the world on a massive stage.
Here is a closer look at each of the two men keys to victory :
Sean O’Malley Record: 13-1 Major wins: Thomas Almeida (UFC 260), Eddie Wineland (UFC 250), Jose Alberto Quinonez (UFC 248), Andre Soukhamthath (UFC 222) Key losses: Marlon Véra (UFC 252)
Keys to victory: O’Malley is a showman. “Suga” consistently wins knockout victories with flashy techniques, but these results are the result of excellent moves and feints. Obviously, not much analysis is needed here – O’Malley appears to be a much higher caliber fighter than the UFC newcomer. He’s taller, more experienced, more dangerous, and probably has skill advantages across the board. Even though Moutinho has an advantage in jiu-jitsu, he is unlikely to be able to drag O’Malley to the mat; others have tried! As such, it’ll be a gripping battle, and it greatly favors the gangly playoff artist. Realistically, expect an O’Malley to be even looser and flashier than usual. “Suga” is a daring athlete even when fighting top-notch talent, so he’s likely to try to show himself against a newbie fighter.
Kris Moutinho Record: 9-4
Biggest Wins: Da’Mon Blackshear (CES 51), AshieQ Ajim (CES 61)
Key Losses: Tonny Gravely (CES 54), Johny Campell (CES 57)
Keys to Win: Moutinho has a background in fighting, but the Regiment Training Center representative tends to prefer to attack. He’s rambling and aggressive, and Moutinho has stopped three of his former opponents by knockout. As explained above, things are not looking good for the newcomer. Strategically, there’s not much you can do with an extremely limited camp, but it seems safe to at least try to get the hell out of O’Malley’s calf and ankle.
Maybe all it takes is a well-placed kick to hurt your enemy and drastically change the fight – you never know! Or else, Moutinho just has to go for it. He’s not likely to have the gas tank for a long fight anyway, and being patiently parted at a distance doesn’t seem like a ton of fun.
Chasing Sean O’Malley
Moutinho’s best bet is chasing O’Malley and trying to force a piece of the first bell. Why let O’Malley move around and find his distance? There is no advantage here. Going on the offensive immediately gives Moutinho the best chance of scoring the upheaval. Final result It’s a weird fight, but hopefully, it produces an entertaining result? O’Malley lost any opportunity to climb the bantamweight ranks this weekend. Instead, O’Malley has a chance to land another knockout and solidify his name.
Considering Sean O’Malley’s benefits to his fan base and fame, maybe 100,000 more Instagram followers would be worth the delay in progression to the top. As for Moutinho, he gets an entry into the Octagon which otherwise would not have happened. Most likely, it’s her silver lining on a hectic night at the office. If, however, Moutinho manages to work a miracle, it’s instantly one of the biggest upheavals of the year. Also, Moutinho’s popularity would explode.