‘Competing in the Octagon for the Last Time Will Be Tough’- Sean O’Malley Opens Up on Retirement From UFC

Published 01/10/2022, 8:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Marlon Vera of Ecuador 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)|GettyImages


Sean O’Malley is one of the brightest bantamweight prospects of UFC. He has garnered a lot of fame from the fight fans since his debut in the promotion.

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‘Suga’ is a product of the Dana White Contender Series. However, he quickly rose to fame by bagging back-to-back wins in the bantamweight division. Every time ‘Suga’ enters the UFC cage, he leaves the fans entertained by his stunning performances.

UFC has recently included O’Malley in the top-15 of the bantamweight division after his first-round victory at UFC 269. The 27-year-old has still more to achieve in the sport. However, he recently opened up about how he would feel competing for the last time inside the UFC cage.

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While talking to Michael Bisping on his podcast, ‘Suga’ talked about his retirement plans. He said, “Yeah, I think for me when it’s all said done and I gonna compete for the last time, it’s gonna be tough.”

“Or at least compete in the octagon. I am sure I’ll find ways, you know. I’ll probably compete in Ju-Jitsu, you know until I am way older. But competing in the octagon for the last time will be very tough.”

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“You know, I wanna do it as long as I can. So you know, I am saying I’m thinking I can push it 35, 36, 37 around there. Super fights like you know, you versus Silva, and big fights like that. I think I wanna build my profile that high to where I can do those big crazy fights, you know.”

Sean O’Malley Wants to Do Exhibition Matches After Retiring From UFC

Nowadays, many legends of combat sports turn their attention towards exhibition matches after their retirement. Interestingly, many notable names, including Floyd Mayweather, Evander Holyfield, Tito Ortiz, Vitor Belfort, and Anderson Silva, have come out of their retirement to compete inside a boxing ring.

Notably, exhibition matches of such type generate hefty pay-per-view sales as big names collide inside the ring. Hence, many fighters opt for such matches. One of them is O’Malley.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 10: (L-R) SeanO’Malley prepares to fight Kris Moutinho in their Bantamweight bout during UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In the same interview with Bisping, ‘Suga’ talked about competing in exhibition matches after retirement, like Mayweather. He said, “You see Mayweather doing wild exhibitions and stuff right now. That’s gonna be me. I am going to enjoy doing that stuff.”

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Sean O’Malley has an impressive professional fighting career of 15-1 under his name. He has only one loss in the UFC and is one of the most prominent names in the promotion. However, he is yet to achieve more in the sport to include his name in the all-time greatest list.

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Interestingly, the 27-year-old has the potential to become the next big thing in the sport, given his current performances and electrifying persona. Hence, his fans might see in such exhibition matches in the future if he continues his rise in the sport.

What are your thoughts about O’Malley’s words? Do you think ‘Suga’ is the next big thing in the UFC? Let us know in the comments below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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