I’m unranked, previous, sluggish identical to Sean O’Malley desires

Brian Kelleher thinks he completely suits Sean O’Malley’s standards.

With O’Malley (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) claiming that he doesn’t see a degree in preventing ranked opposition if he’s paid the identical quantity for preventing unranked foes, Kelleher (23-12 MMA, 7-5 UFC) thinks it makes a whole lot of sense for O’Malley to battle him subsequent.

So does O’Malley’s crew, it appears, as his head coach Tim Welch not too long ago reached out to Kelleher, he mentioned, and requested about his availability for UFC 269 on Dec. 11. Kelleher mentioned he instantly agreed to the battle.

“On my finish, we’re 100% in,” Kelleher advised MMA Junkie Radio. “His coach Tim Welch reached out to me on social media, he tweeted at me immediately and mentioned, ‘Are you free Dec. 11,’ and I’m saying proper right here, clear-cut, sure, I’m free Dec. 11. Let’s do that. I advised my supervisor. We’re pushing for the battle, but it surely looks like the UFC is coming again with, ‘We’re not attempting to make that battle but.’ They’re form of working round it. I don’t know why his coach would attain out to me and ask me after which it not occur after I’m fully down for the battle. I say sure, and we’re simply ready on their finish to see what occurs.”

He continued, “I’m unranked. I’m not ranked. I’m previous. I’m sluggish. I’m every little thing this man ever needed proper now. What’s the maintain up? Let’s do that.”

Kelleher is conscious that O’Malley should be hand-picking him for a purpose however says he’s gravely mistaken if he thinks he’s going to tee off on him identical to he did in opposition to Kris Moutinho at UFC 264.

“I believe that they see one thing in me,” Kelleher mentioned. “They suppose perhaps I’m a winnable battle – a superb stylistic matchup for him. I believe his coach is searching for the most effective of him, and perhaps I’m any person who he sees holes in his sport and perhaps one thing that O’Malley can exploit, perhaps try to get a highlight-reel end in opposition to. However I believe he’s mistaken. I’m a man that will get on the market and I scrap, and I am going for the end, and I’m not simply going to stroll ahead and take a beating by this man.”

Kelleher is coming off a unanimous determination win over Domingo Pilarte in August, his first determination win since February 2018. However regardless of going the space in his previous outing, Kelleher bought to indicate off his wrestling, touchdown all three of his takedown makes an attempt.

“Perhaps that’s the entire purpose this man is working,” Kelleher mentioned. “I confirmed my wrestling abilities in that final battle, that I can take guys down and lay ground-and-pound and preserve them down. We all know that’s the final place he desires to be so perhaps that had one thing to do with him protecting quiet after I referred to as him out. I don’t know.”

To see the complete interview with Kelleher, try the video under.

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