Manny Bermudez admits even he's surprised by current winning streak, wants Sean O'Malley next

PHOENIX – With 14 straight wins to open his professional career, Manny Bermudez admits even he had trouble imagining such a start to his career.

“When I was younger, I didn’t think I’d be able to get 14 wins in a row,” Bermudez told reporters, including MMAjunkie, following his win at UFC on ESPN 1. “I remember being an amateur fighter or a local pro and seeing these guys that were 6-0, 7-0 just getting signed to the UFC, thinking like, ‘Wow, how do these guys manage these streaks?’ And a lot of them had first-round finishes consistently. I would always be amazed watching that, and now every fight I feel like I get further and further away from that, kind of like, ‘Wow, how did I manage to get this many wins in a row?’”

Bermudez (14-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) took out a previously undefeated Benito Lopez (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at Sunday’s event in Phoenix, earning the 11th submission win of his 14-fight pro run. It was a rather flawless performance in the cage that was only marred by missing weight one day before, registering 140 pounds for the bantamweight contest.

Bermudez said his team tried a new way of cutting weight for the card in an effort to be less stressful on his body but that they will return to previous practices in future outings.

“We messed up, but we’re going to go back to the old ways of doing it,” Bermudez said. “We haven’t missed weight up to this point. We’re really sorry to the UFC and to Benito and Team Alpha Male, but we’re going to fix that.”

Despite the miss, three consecutive submission wins to open his UFC run is certainly an impressive feat. At just 24, Bermudez said he’s happy with where he’s at right now and wants to continue to prove himself as one of the top up-and-comers in the division by taking out his current peers.

“I want to keep on fighting the up-and-coming guys,” Bermudez said. “I want to fight all the young, new undefeated kids that are popping up on the radar. I don’t see any reason that we don’t fight each other. It’s cool because you get to see the up-and-coming talent that has grown up doing this their whole lives.”

And if that’s not specific enough for UFC matchmakers to book his next appearance, Bermudez has one particular name in mind.

“I would love to fight Sean O’Malley next,” Bermudez said. “He’s a big name, up-and-coming kid just like me. He’s super popular, but I think our styles match up in a way where I’d be able to take him out. Two undefeated kids fighting each other makes for the best fights – I don’t see why not. Two kids who are hungry and want it, dog eat dog and working super hard to show their skills – it’s better than a veteran just stomping people. O’Malley next, and then we’ll see.”

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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