Sean Brady (15-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) undefeated UFC welterweight competitor entered the famous promotion octagon last November, removing permanent competitor Michael Chiesa, and wants to book another appearance.
Currently ranked 9th in the official welterweight rankings of the organization, he hopes to match Brady with a top 10 foe.
“I fought at Chiesan, and everyone knows how hard I am with myself,” Brady told MMA Underground. “That wasn’t my best performance. I got the win. That’s worth it, but I want to get in there and show what I can really do.”
He was forced to grind his decision on Brady Chiesa in a fight that was not heavy in action, and left him wondering if the cardio of the losing competitor would be an issue as he progressed in his career. What many didn’t realize at the time was that Chiesa broke Brady’s nose very early in the competition, and that it had a big impact on how things were played out.
“I broke my nose so many times,” Brady said. “I broke the first blow in the fight at Chiesa. People were on the net saying, ‘Sean’s cardiovascular,’ but what people don’t know is that two minutes after the first lap, I broke my nose and couldn’t breathe. so I had to really break that down. “
Brady has since undergone surgery to repair his septum, and is now eager to fight another major competitor. Vicente Luque was hoping to face No. 6, but the Brazilian recently joined Geoff Neal at No. 12, so now Brady is exploring other options, including names like Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson No. 7.
“They were all available, and now they’re all making reservations and I’m waiting for them,” Brady said. “Actually, I really thought it was going to be me and Luque. He was losing, but he’s still number 6 in the world. I’m number 9. it was like one, so now I want anyone in the top 10.
“I understand that someone like ‘Wonderboy’ doesn’t want to fight a fighter. I understand that, but in the end, this is MMA. You can’t say you want to fight a striker. You want to fight like that, get out of the top 10. Get out of the top 15. Let younger people like me who are trying to build our names do our job. You’ve already fought for the belt. You’ve done all these things. Let’s go and do it, you know? “
Brady also mentioned No. 8 Jorge Masvidal and No. 5 Belal Muhammad as options, as well as UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, who teased a potential 170-pound move for a summer appearance.
“Masvidal is right there,” Brady said. “I think Belal and I would be good. Obviously I would say no because Luque had just won, and Luque was number 5, but Belal and I were paired in 2020. Because I had to get out. An injury. Actually. he took on COVID that week and couldn’t even compete in the organized fight, so we have a bit of history. I don’t know what’s going to happen to him, but I think that’s.
“If not, I see Dustin Poirier trying to fight 170. M ——————————– 170 I’ll do it with that, we’ll see what happens. “
Meanwhile, Brady keeps himself busy outside the UFC while feeding the need to compete. On Saturday, he will host longtime UFC and Bellator veteran Ben Saunders in an unparalleled grappling match at the main event of FURY Professional Grappling 4, which airs live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia on UFC Fight Pass, a UFC online streaming service.
The 10-minute game will be played at 185 pounds and Brady marks his second appearance on the climb after winning the decision to fight Craig Jones in December.
“Grappling events are fun, and it’s even more fun because all my teammates are on the card, and once you’re in the UFC, you don’t do that often,” Brady said. “You don’t compete with all the teammates like you do in these regional sessions, and now I’m trying to tell these young guys that I really enjoyed them. Driving to Atlantic City or going to 2300 Arena when me and all the guys were fighting for CFFC, there’s no such thing.”
After this weekend, Brady said he will stay by the phone waiting for the next UFC offer. He is ready to face anyone in the league on the road to a future title, and hopes to offer an opponent who will help him advance in that direction.
“I want someone in the top 10,” Brady said. “We’re waiting for that, so we’ll see what happens.”
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