Sean O’Malley was recently interviewed by Daniel Cormier. Hall of Fame fighter turned renowned analyst conducted the interview ahead of his fight with Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276 on July 2.
During the interview, O’Malley revealed his displeasure with how Cormier announces his bouts.
The 27-year-old feels Cormier and his coworker, commentator Joe Rogan place far too much focus on his lone UFC setback. O’Malley dropped was a first-round TKO loss to Marlon Vera in 2020 due to his leg falling asleep.
Cormier defended his comments, arguing that he was only doing his best to call O’Malley’s bouts. The discussion between the two concluded amicably.
Since then, O’Malley has devised his own explanation for why Cormier dislikes him. According to him, Cormier’s displeasure towards him seems to have everything to do with O’Malley’s resemblance to Jo Jones.
Sean stated on the BrOMalley podcast,
“I think DC and I get along, but it is what it is. I think he truly, deep down, wants to see me lose. For whatever it is.”
“I already said it, it’s because I remind him of Jon Jones because I’m 6’6. DC wants to see me lose. It’s okay, I’m not mad about it, I get it. I’d want to see me lose too, you know what I mean?”
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones have one of the most acrimonious feuds in UFC history. Jones won a unanimous decision win in their first bout in 2014, which was a tight and difficult battle.
After the fight, Jones went on a downward spiral after testing positive for PEDs and being engaged in a hit-and-run incident before losing his 205lb UFC title. During Jones’ hiatus, Cormier proved himself as the finest light-heavyweight fighter on the globe.
The pair fought again at UFC 214 in 2017. Jones defeated Cormier with a head kick and then knocked him out cold to begin his second reign as UFC champion. The match was later overturned to a no-contest when Jones tested positive for yet another PED.