“He Signed F***Ing Kevin Lee”- Sean O’Malley Reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle Fighting Championship

Published 01/03/2022, 6:30 AM EST
MOSCOW, RUSSIA SEPTEMBER 2, 2021: Mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov speaks at the 2nd New Knowledge educational marathon (forum). The New Knowledge Forum runs from 1 to 3 September 2021 as a new school year begins in Russia. Artyom Geodakyan/TASS (Photo by Artyom GeodakyanTASS via Getty Images)


Sean O’Malley is a rising bantamweight fighter in the UFC with an exquisite resume on display. The young prospect is outspoken and doesn’t shy away from speaking his mind in the public domain. His personality and incredible fighting abilities are what make him a fan favorite.

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Recently, O’Malley reacted to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion, Eagle FC, and them signing former UFC welterweight Kevin Lee.

In the latest episode of his podcast, The Suga Show, the Montana native presented his shock over Khabib Nurmagomedov signing Kevin Lee into his homegrown MMA promotion, the Eagle Fighting Championship. ‘Sugar’ also predicted that this was a good move and if anyone was going to be successful in the promotion business, it will be ‘The Eagle’.

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“He signed F**ing Kevin Lee, officially signed Kevin Lee… if anyone’s gonna be success, probably, Khabib, because probably he’s got so much money. Because I am pretty sure he still drives his f*ing shitty Toyota truck around. Like Khabib probably got F**ing ridiculous amount of money just sitting in the bank. He’s like for sure I’ll invest it and pry some investors in.”

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – JUNE 25: Kevin Lee celebrates after his submission victory over Michael Chiesa in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 25, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The UFC recently released ‘The Motown Phenom’ from his contract after a string of poor performances. Lee went 1-4 in his last 5 bouts at the UFC. However, ‘The Eagle’ was quick to react and signed Lee into his fold and even created a new weight class for the latter at 165-pounds.

Lee is rumored to face Diego Sanchez at Eagle FC’s first global event, this month in January.

Sean O’Malley calls Khabib Nurmagomedov a big draw

In the same conversation, Sean O’Malley also discussed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s stature in the UFC and what would have been the scenario if the ‘Eagle’ remained with the promotion.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Sean O’Malley reacts after his knockout victory over Thomas Almeida of Brazil in their bantamweight fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)| Credit: Getty Images

“Yeah, like Khabib could have made UFC a lot, he was a huge, he was like a big draw, big deal in his prime, and says no I am good, I am gonna start my own promotion. Come rival with the UFC. Yeah, I am sure Dana’s like all right buddy, F**k off.”

‘Sugar’, later joked and imitated President Dana White’s reaction to Nurmagomedov starting his own promotion.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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