MMA Fighting confirmed with sources with knowledge of the new booking that a matchup between O’Malley (13-1) and UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho (9-4) is about for next Saturday’s pay-per-view in Las Vegas . Moutinho steps in on short notice for an injured Louis Smolka, following variety of high-profile fighters volunteering their services as a possible replacement to face O’Malley.
On Wednesday, O’Malley hinted that a matchup with Ricky Simon was an opportunity , but later announced on a Twitch stream that he would be fighting Moutinho.
Moutinho has competed primarily for traditional Entertainment & Sports MMA. He has won two straight fights, last defeating Andrew Salas by third-round submission at a Cage Fury Fighting Championships show on May 28.
O’Malley seeks to create on a third-round knockout of Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 in March. That victory put O’Malley back within the win column after suffering his first pro loss against Marlon Vera at UFC 252 last August. he’s 5-1 within the UFC thus far .
It is expected that O’Malley’s bout will remain on the UFC 264 main card, which is headlined by a trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor.
A person with knowledge of the booking confirmed the matchup to MMA Junkie on Wednesday after O’Malley mentioned the fight during a livestream on Twitch.
A fight between O’Malley and fellow bantamweight contender Ricky Simon was discussed for the event. However, the 2 sides couldn’t come to an agreement on a weight.
When Louis Smolka withdrew from UFC 264 on Tuesday, Sean O’Malley had no shortage of fighters raising their hands on social media. None of them got the decision .
Less than fortnight out from the July 10 event, the UFC instead has settled on a promotional newcomer to intensify to the plate. Massachusetts’ Kris Moutinho will now face O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) during a bantamweight fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas .
After Simon raised his hand Tuesday on Twitter, O’Malley alluded, during a tweet of his own, that Simon couldn’t make weight. Iridium Sports Agency’s Ed Kapp, who represents Simon, told MMA Junkie on Wednesday a 135-pound fight was never on the table which their side had only offered a 145-pound booking to the UFC.
After news of Moutinho’s signing Wednesday, Simon tweeted that O’Malley controlled the narrative – an untrue one.
It was revealed on Tuesday that Louis Smolka was out of his fight against O’Malley thanks to a staph infection. After the news became public, several bantamweights began calling him out and O’Malley hinted on social media he agreed to face Ricky Simon. Unfortunately, Simon couldn’t make the load and O’Malley revealed on his Twitch that he will now face UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho.
Sean O’Malley (13-1) is coming off a dominant third-round TKO over Thomas Almeida. The victory got him back to the win column after he suffered a first-round TKO loss to Marlon Vera at UFC 252 during a fight he hurt his ankle in. Since joining the UFC in 2017, O’Malley is 5-1.
Kris Moutinho (9-4) is currently on a two-fight streak but is simply 2-2 in his last four. The 28-year-old is coming off a submission convert Andrew Salas in May in CFFC. before that, he scored a TKO convert Ashiek Ajim to urge back to the win column after he lost back-to-back fights to Johnny Campbell and Tony Gravely by TKO. He has also been finished in his other two losses but does hold a notable convert Bellator veteran, Da’Mon Blackshear.
Fighting out of Regiment Training Center, Moutinho (9-4) has competed for various top regional organizations like CES and CFFC. In nine professional wins, Moutinho has tabulated four finishes. Moutinho, 28, rides a two-fight streak into the fight.
In his most up-to-date outing, O’Malley (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) rebounded from an August 2020 TKO loss to Marlon Vera. Against former bantamweight contender Thomas Almeida, O’Malley added another highlight reel knockout to his resume.
Who is Kris Moutinho?
Born on August 9, 1992, Kris Moutinho is a 28-year-old mixed martial artist fighting out of Milford, Massachusetts. He is currently associated with Top Game Management and Regiment Training Center.
Kris Moutinho made his professional MMA debut on September 23, 2016, at CES MMA 38 against Matthew Maldonado after having amassed an impressive amateur record at promotions like AFO and Cage Titans FC. The two went the distance and Mourinho came out victorious.
Kris Moutinho went on to win eight and lose four bouts in CES MMA, with most of his wins coming either by decision or via knockout.
His last outing was under Cage Fury Fighting Championships at CFFC 96, where he defeated Andrew Salas with an arm-triangle choke submission in the third round.
What is Kris Moutinho’s UFC record?
Kris Moutinho is a newcomer in the UFC, and the fight against Sean O’Malley at UFC 264 will be his promotional debut. However, if his professional record is anything to go by, Kris Moutinho has all that it takes to be successful in the UFC.
By taking up a fight against KO-artist Sean O’Malley on his debut, Kris Moutinho has already proved that he is not one to back away from challenging matchups. Moreover, he is known for coming back stronger from defeats.
Kris Moutinho has suffered two-fight skids on two separate occasions during his days at CES, bouncing back with a winning streak each time.