Sean O’Malley found himself on the wrong side of Vitor Belfort.
“Suga” caused a stir after knocking out Aljamain Sterling in two rounds to become the bantamweight champion at UFC 292 in Boston last month.
The 28-year-old gave many people a hard time when he jokingly commented on the open relationship he shares with his wife, Danya Gonzalez.
O’Malley suggested he was allowed to cheat on his child’s mother because he is a “king” and “pays for everything”. It was a comment that caused backlash and put him in the crosshairs of a UFC legend.
The new 135-pound king recently revealed that Belfort – a former UFC two-weight champion – was threatening to beat him for publicly disrespecting his partner.
O’Malley said on his podcast, “See what’s going viral?
“I’m gonna say it so people can cut that too, he says I can cheat on my wife cause I’m the king and I pay for everything, you see this going fucking viral? It is fire.
“Vitor Belfort sent me a message, he said he wanted to kick my ass**. Vitor is gonna fuck my ass right now, but I mean relationships are relationships, they work or they don’t.
“We’ve been together for eight years or something, we’re doing good, so it’s crazy how people, it’s like you got married, you had a fucking girlfriend and you lived like that.
“Any other way is not acceptable. It doesn’t work for everyone that way.
O’Malley could soon return to camp ahead of his first title defense.
It is hoped he will face Marlon Vera, who is the only man to beat him in MMA, again at UFC 296 in Las Vegas on December 16 – although the date for his next fight has yet to be announced. confirmed.
Meanwhile, Belfort hasn’t fought in MMA since being knocked out by a crane strike from Lyoto Machida at UFC 224 in May 2018.
Since then, the 46-year-old has moved on to boxing and picked up wins over ring legend Evander Holyfield and former MMA champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
It is not yet known when he will continue his fighting career. O’Malley just hopes they never cross paths.