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“I’m Not In This Sport To Get Paid”-Sean O’Malley

Published 06/05/2020, 4:06 AM EDT

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Sean O’Malley has become of the most prolific young fighters in the UFC today. Sporting a new look ahead of his fight with Eddie Wineland, ‘Sugar’ Sean had plenty of thoughts for the media. The 135-pound fighter will be looking to advance his career after an emphatic return to the cage.

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O’Malley had just about two years away from the sport. He was flagged for a potential USADA doping violation, although he was eventually cleared. There were multiple questions surrounding his return to the sport, which he went on to boldly answer.


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Sean O’Malley said that he underwent astronomical growth between his last two fights. Speaking about his future, The star of the ‘Sugar’ show reflected on where he would like to see himself moving forward.

“I think at this point I’ve proven I’m not a ‘hype train,’ but I don’t mind that title because Conor McGregor was a hype train; Israel Adesanya was a hype train,” said the undefeated 25-year-old rising star. “So if that’s what hype trains are, yeah — I want to be a hype train”.

Sean O’Malley: Upward Trajectory.


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“I’m not in this sport to get paid a little bit of money and retire,” he continued. “I’m in this sport to be the greatest bantamweight of all-time and eventually move up to featherweight because that’s kind of where the sport is going; you’ve got to have both.”

He went on to say, “With my body type, that’s going to be perfect for me; I’ll be a good-sized featherweight when it’s time. But right now, I’m trying to be the best bantamweight that has ever lived.”


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The Bantamweight realizes that the division is currently stacked with a lot of talent. In order to break free from the pack, a flashy finish over the veteran Wineland will go a long way in doing so.


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The moment people saw O’Malley in Dana White’s Contender Series, it was clear that he was primed for great things. With an eventual move up to Featherweight on the cards for him, Sean is in no mood to rush along with his career. However, in light of recent events, it’s unclear how frequently he will fight.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.