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Watch Sean O'Malley deliver a vicious body shot to fellow UFC champion Alexander Pantoja in new sparring footage


UFC bantamweight champion Sean O'Malley posted footage of the final moments of his 2016 sparring with flyweight champion Alexander Pantoja.

Earlier this week, O'Malley posted a clip of their past sparring showing him beating Pantoja, but said he wouldn't post the finish because “it's just mean,” although he said he finished Pantoja with a “kick to the liver.” in the first round. However, “Sugar” must have changed his tune because on Friday morning, O'Malley posted the end of their sparring on social media, which showed the 135-pound champion landing a hard punch to the body, followed by Pantoja moments later declares an end to this.

Watch the video below.

Pantoja talked about sparring during UFC 301 fight week ahead of his successful title defense against Steve Erceg. The current UFC flyweight king also described his version of what happened during an October 2023 appearance on The MMA Hour.

“I trained with O'Malley five, six years ago, and it never occurred to me that this guy would go to the UFC, take the belt, and I would take the belt too,” Pantoja said. “Very crazy. That's why I called him to fight, just because. He started talking to him about my training two years ago, he started talking about it, but let's go back to five or six years ago when I went to the (MMA) lab, before I come with (Henry) Cejudo, I did 60 -hour flight by plane. I've never been in a lab before, and I go into a lab and spar with all the guys, and all of this requires eggs.

“O'Malley comes to me, 'Hey, can I record this workout?' (I said), “Of course. Once you're done, send me the video because I can learn something too.” And he never gave me this video. I called Cejudo (and said), “Hey, tell your friend to give me the video.” And (Henry) Cejudo said, “Forget it. He will never send you this video.”

– You know, why not. If you lose, you don’t show the video.”

Obviously, a lot has changed for both fighters since 2016, as both hold world titles at the same time. O'Malley is expected to defend his title later this year against Merab Dvalishvili, while Pantoja plans to return later in the year.


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