‘That’s How He Became Famous’- Joe Rogan and Marlon Vera Discuss the Sean O’Malley Hype

Published 12/18/2021, 1:15 PM 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


In his short duration with the UFC, Sean O’Malley has become one of the most famous fighters from the promotion. His fan following is so massive that it conditions the UFC to put his fights on the main card. Whereas it pushes legends like Dominick Cruz to the preliminaries. Some think it’s due to his wild hairstyle and tattoos, others believe that it’s due to his charm. Meanwhile, Joe Rogan and Marlon Vera talk over the same in a recent encounter.

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In the latest episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, Marlon Vera and Joe Rogan were discussing diets and weight cuts. Whilst they pondered over how fighters trash talk, Rogan asked ‘Chito’ if there was anyone who pissed him. Vera replied in the negative, however, he did mention Sean O’Malley.

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Here’s how the conversation ensued. “Has there ever been a fighter that, like, leading up to a fight, has pissed you off?” Rogan asks.

‘Chito’ responded, “Never, and I fought the biggest idiot out there- O’Malley. He was talking mad sh*t.”

“But that’s his thing though, you know, that’s how he became famous.”

“Him and Conor, he’s like Colby, he uses a persona,Vera replied as he believes that O’Malley’s on-screen persona is the reason he shot to fame so quickly in the UFC.

Marlon Vera handed Sean O’Malley his maiden defeat

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Although ‘Sugar’ is a great trash talker and maintains a sizeable social media presence, he isn’t just all talk. Even if he hasn’t broken into the top 10 of the UFC bantamweight rankings, O’Malley is a great Mixed Martial Artist. Apart from that, he is also what we call a knockout artist. Out of the 16 bouts he has won, 11 have been knockouts.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: (L-R) Opponents Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera of Ecuador face off during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, the fighter is not undefeated. In his sixth appearance in the UFC ‘Sugar’ faced his first and only defeat, yet, against Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. Contrastingly, compared to his previous performances, O’Malley was no match for Vera. The match concluded in the opening round itself, as Vera TKO’d ‘Sugar’ in the last seconds of the first round. Ultimately, getting his hands raised by referee Herb Dean.

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Do you think Sean O’Malley is trending just because of his persona? Or is he famous because of his performance in the octagon? Tell us in the comments below.

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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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