Who Are Sean O’Malley’s Coaches?

Published 03/24/2021, 10:28 AM EDT


UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is gearing up to bounce back from his first-ever pro-MMA loss against Marlon Vera. ‘Sugar’ Sean takes on Thomas Almeida on the main card for UFC 260 in an attempt to bounce back. Almeida is a tough outing for any 135-pounder, however, he’s on a three-fight skid in the promotion currently.

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O’Malley who has had a lot to say about his last outing believes it was merely a freak injury against ‘Chito’ Vera. In fact, he’s gone so far as to call himself ‘undefeated’ before heading into his scrap with Thomas Almeida. Let’s take a look at Sean O’Malley’s team going into UFC 260 and how he plans to come out on top.

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Sean O’Malley: Does he have the necessary pieces around him?

‘Sugar’ Sean trains out of the MMA Lab in Glendale, Arizona, and has stayed with that crew for some time. He’s forged a strong bond with head coach John Crouch who oversees plenty of talented prospects and contenders. Jared Cannonier, Kyler Phillips, and Benson Henderson are just some names to come out of ‘The Lab’.

Additionally, Sean O’Malley is closely associated with long-time friend Tim Welch, who doubles up as his coach. Welch makes frequent appearances on O’Malley’s Instagram and podcasts and is an integral part of his team. O’Malley relies heavily on Welch to provide a personalized connection heading into Fight Night.

Additionally, other MMA Lab staff members such as Shane Dalton and Adam Gillespey are looking after Cardio and Muay Thai, respectively. O’Malley runs with a close-knit team and his growth has been exponential with each performance. The team has surely gone back to the drawing board after his recent defeat and chalked out a game plan.

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It’s essential that Sean O’Malley maintain his momentum in the UFC and put on a statement performance at UFC 260. He’s a marquee star waiting to break out. However, consistency is the key ultimately. Another slip-up on Saturday night could be disastrous for his profile and set him back tremendously going forward. However, with his team around him, O’Malley is confident in his game plan.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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