MARLON VERA has blasted “f*** him” when asked about a potential rematch with Sean O’Malley.
“Chito” stopped the “Suga Show” in the very first round on Saturday night, hurting his opponent with a series of leg kicks.
O’Malley appeared to roll his ankle, leading to some fans claiming that Vera benefited from this piece of luck.
But with the American’s x-rays coming back clear, Vera believes his victory was conclusive.
He told BJPenn: “Now that the fight is over, he didn’t hurt his ankle. The x-rays came back clean.
“What I did to him, is basically when someone punches you in the jaw you go out. His legs went out. I don’t give a f*** what people think or say. There will always be haters.”
And with some people having questioned Herb Dean’s decision to end the fight, Chito has insisted that he’d have “beat him even worse” had it reached a second round.
He continued: “He went out. But, man if they don’t stop it I would’ve beat him worse in the second. Everyone has an opinion.
“It was a solid win and I am happy, I wouldn’t change anything.
“I am going to be honest, he quit. But, at the end of the day, I know my kicks are powerful and it f****d up his leg. His nerve went away when I kicked him.”
F*** no, f*** him. He has to go fight and prove himself
And Chito, 27, has halted any talk of a rematch, instead calling out seventh-ranked UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera.
He said: “F*** no, f*** him. He has to go fight and prove himself. Let’s be real he was fighting low-level competition.
“I want Jimmie Rivera next and that is what will happen next. There is nowhere he can run now or any excuses he can make.
“Right now, he has his back against his wall and can’t be picking his opponents. We have been scheduled to fight a couple of times, that is the fight to make.
“I would finish him. I will put the pace and pressure on him and I believe I finish him.”
Retired MMA star and former Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, who famously lost in five seconds to Jorge Masvidal last year, felt that O’Malley’s defeat was a sign of “weakness”.
He said: “What that says to me and the fact that he let them cart him out… if they tried carting me out with an ankle injury I would have fought someone over that.
“You are not putting my a** on a stretcher because I got an ankle injury.
“I got one other good leg and I am going to hop all the way to the back so leave me the ‘F’ alone.
“In life you have failures and you have struggles and you are going to learn from them. Obviously, he hasn’t lost big in his life to this point so he probably hasn’t experienced those really hard things.”