‘She Was an Accident’ – Sean O’Malley On His Newborn Daughter

Published 03/23/2021, 1:50 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 30: Sean O’Malley poses on the scale during the TUF Finale weigh-in inside Park Theater on November 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Sean O’Malley is one of the rising stars in the UFC. He’s an American fighter who’s plying his trade in the Bantamweight division. There was a lot of hype surrounding him a while back, but he lost a fight against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera, and the doubters were on him like wolves.

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He is fighting again this week at UFC 260. His opponent is a veteran of the sport in comparison to the young Sean, with a record of 22-4. Tiago Almeida, a mainstay of the bantamweight division, is on the brink of breaking into the top 15 in the official UFC rankings.

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However, Sean has a bigger obstacle to face, and this isn’t a joke about Almeida’s height. He recently became a father when his long-time girlfriend, Danya, gave birth to their daughter Elena. O’Malley talked to Helen Yee about this massive development in his life.

Helen asked him about how the baby is treating him. “I’ve known I have wanted kids since I was a little dude. I remember being 12 years old, 13 years old, breaking up with this girl because she didn’t want kids, so I’ve wanted kids for a long time,” O’Malley said.

He also said that he really liked it and added, “She was an accident, but it’s been everything like I’ve thought it would be, so it’s been good.

Sean O’Malley not surprised by fatherhood

Helen then asked him whether fatherhood surprised him, and O’Malley said no. “Nothing too much. She’s a really good baby. She’s got a lot of Danny’s qualities, which is more calming,” he answered.

However, he was wary of having another kid and said, “I think if we get a boy next, maybe it’ll be a little bit more like me. So. I’m a little worried about that, but she’s been super easy, and it’s been nothing but fun.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

It’ll be interesting to see how becoming a father has changed O’Malley’s mentality. He was a flashy fighter with great boxing skills earlier, but suffered his only loss in his professional career due to leg kicks. His ankle has been injured before, and he needs to be a lot more careful in the future. He’ll treat that loss against Vera as a learning experience.

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The winner of this fight will surely break into the rankings, and it’ll be fun to see who it’s going to be. Both of them will go all out, so keep an eye on this one.

Do you think Sean O’Malley is the real deal? Or will another hype train derail?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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