Former UFC Star Brendan Schaub Says Conor McGregor Has Only One Superstar to Compete With

Published 12/22/2021, 12:00 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Andre Soukhamthath in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Sean O’Malley is undeniably one of the most promising young fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship right now. “Sugar” has been highly entertaining. He has put up some incredible performances that have made fans adore him. Besides his incredible fighting ability, he is also highly charismatic outside of the octagon, which has made him one of the UFC’s biggest cash cows.

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O’Malley has a personality that is destined for UFC stardom. For bringing up the numbers in whatever event he’s featured on, he’s frequently compared to Conor McGregor. His fighting technique and persona are quite similar to McGregor’s, and both are amazing knockout artists.

Another famous personality who compared the Irishman to O’Malley is the former MMA fighter, Brendan Schaub. Recently in an interview, Brendan Schaub compared Sean O’Malley to Conor McGregor and praised the young American fighter for his recent performance.

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I think Sean O’Malley, finishing Paiva the way he did, that fast.. I think lets you know that Sean O’Malley is ready for the big time. For him to fuck up a guy, pretty easily, shut out a win, tale victory, a guy who’s 20 and 3 with a 3 win streak in the UFC, is no punk man. If you don’t write him in the top 15 I’m going to freak out,” said Schaub.

Schaub added, “You gotta pay him for what he’s worth. He’s hitting a demo no other fighter is hitting, he’s on twitch, his merch is crushing. He’s hanging out with f*cking Tekashi 6ix9ine, he’s hanging out with the Nelk boys. There’s nobody on the roster besides Conor McGregor more valuable to the UFC than Sean O’Malley.” 

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What’s next for Sean O’Malley?

After his dominant win over Raulian Paiva at UFC 269, it would shock if O’Malley doesn’t get to fight someone in the top ten bantamweight rankings next.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Sean O’Malley celebrates after winning his bantamweight bout against Kris Moutinho by TKO in the third round during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

An exciting fighter O’Malley could face for his next fight is the young prospect, Song Yadong. Both fighters are close to each other on the rankings and they are valued young bantamweights.

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Who do you think Sean O’Malley will fight next? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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