A Look at Sean O’Malley’s Only Loss as an Amateur MMA Fighter

Published 06/27/2021, 7:12 AM EDT


UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is a man on a mission and he’s made a meaningful impact in the UFC. ‘Sugar’ Sean burst on the scene in 2017 following a sensational Knockout win on Dana White’s Contender Series. He’s stumbled only once in the UFC and has since managed to get back to winning ways in style.

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Fans have gravitated towards O’Malley, not just for his flashy fighting style but also for his overall persona outside the cage. He was marketed as an undefeated phenom until losing to ‘Chito’ Vera at UFC 252. However, this wasn’t his first-ever setback. Sean O’Malley tasted defeat back in 2013, albeit as an amateur MMA fighter.

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Sean O’Malley vs Myles Mazurkiewicz: Rewind

Like most MMA fighters, O’Malley’s amateur record isn’t too lengthy. However, it served as a springboard before he entered the big leagues. In 6 amateur fights, ‘Sugar’ Sean finished three of his opponents and went the distance with two fighters. However, the seemingly larger-than-life presence also tasted defeat via submission that came as the only blemish on his record for nearly seven years.

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)

O’Malley went toe-to-toe with Myles Mazurkiewicz under the Fusion Fighting League promotional banner. He was coming off a UD win in his previous fight and wanted to put on a clinic against Mazurkiewicz, but the tables quickly turned. Sean O’Malley was forced to tap out merely 02:26 into the fight as Mazurkiewicz secured a tight RNC.

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The fight quickly went to the canvas off a shove moving backward and Mazurkiewicz swarmed O’Malley with punches from the top. Sean O’Malley defended himself effectively on the canvas, but Mazurkiewicz began securing more dominant positions. It didn’t take long for Mazurkiewicz to lock up a deadly RNC and forced a tap from the future UFC star.

‘Marauder’ Mazurkiewicz turned pro after beating O’Malley and has five fights under his belt as of June 2021. He’s 2-3 in his pro career and hasn’t competed since June 2017. It’s safe to say that the career trajectory of Sean O’Malley panned out better in the long run.

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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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