Henry Cejudo has taken some shots at Sean O’Malley although he claims to like the rising prospect.
Earlier this year, the former UFC flyweight and bantamweight champion decided to retire from the sport of MMA. He recently gave his take about O’Malley’s most recent performance in a recent episode of the Real Quick with Mike Swick Podcast.
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O’Malley hurt his right ankle early in the round thanks to leg kicks at UFC 252.
“I’ll be honest with you, I actually like the kid. In some way I’m hating on him, in some way I like him,” Cejudo said. “I’m weird like that. I wish the kid the best, but I also think that he thinks he’s better than what he really is. Even though he’s got the gifts, he’s got great distance, great demeanor, great fakes. Watching those like very subtle. I look at all these minor little details but he hasn’t been built to freaking last.
“He hasn’t been through a war. You can give the pain but can you take the pain? That’s the difference between somebody like Sean O’Malley and me. Does he have better striking than me? Probably because of his length and his range, makes him a little dangerous. But you’ve just got to be the full package.”
“He actually believes in his own smoke, as you should. But there’s a difference when you get in there with somebody that can kick you. Somebody that’s not going to shy away from you. Somebody that’s going to put you through the deep waters and how are you going to respond? A true champion is revealed by how you respond to adversity.”