“Rankings Just Don’t Really Mean Sh*t”- Sean O’Malley on UFC Rankings

Published 09/14/2021, 12:24 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 07: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Jose Quinonez during the UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Sean O’Malley is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC and has an incredible MMA record. The fighter has been performing admirably since he joined the UFC and has a record of (5-1) since joining the company. However, ‘Sugar’ is still unranked, and he is quite okay with it, as according to him, rankings mean nothing.

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Recently, O’Malley appeared on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and talked about various things, including UFC rankings. ‘Sugar’ said, “It’s crazy to think that rankings just don’t really mean sh*t. I’ve never thought they really meant anything. Like if you’re ranked No.15 or 14 and you’re pumped about that, it’s just weird to me.”

“It’s like you’re not the fu*king champ, you’re not anything so. Yeah, it doesn’t really matter.” O’Malley clearly believes that whether a fighter is unranked, is ranked 15, or is ranked in the top 3, it does not matter unless you are the champion.

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O’Malley himself is unranked as he has not competed against top-ranked UFC fighters. ‘Sugar’ had recently revealed a reason behind the same as well. O’Malley had talked about how he is contractually bound to fight a certain number of times for the promotion.

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And whether he fights ranked fighters or unranked fighters, he will be paid the same amount of money. Therefore, ‘Sugar’ believes that fighting a ranked fighter for the same amount of remuneration is just isn’t worth the risk.

The UFC wants Sean O’Malley to fight a ranked fighter next?

Ever since Sean O’Malley made his UFC debut, he became an instant hit with the fans. Therefore, ever since O’Malley’s last fight, people have been eagerly waiting to see who and when ‘Sugar’ fights next.

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O’Malley himself talked about how he would look to compete at the UFC 269 event this December. While the opponent is yet unknown, many fans believe the UFC wants O’Malley to face No.8 ranked Frankie Edgar in his next fight.

Edgar is coming off a loss to Cory Sandhagen, and many believe he is the right opponent for ‘Sugar’. However, as O’Malley has expressed no desire to face ranked opponents, the fights seem unlikely to happen.

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

 

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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