Sean O’Malley recently headlined the UFC 292 main card against Aljamain Sterling for the Bantamweight gold. ‘Sugar’ stunned the crowd with a second-round TKO against the long-time reigning champion Aljamain Sterling.
Sterling was knocked down within 51 seconds of the second round for the barrage of ground and pound shots in front of a packed crowd at the TD Garden, in Boston. Unlike many of his peers, Sean too doesn’t appear willing to limit himself inside the Octagon and expressed his intentions to fight a high-ranked boxer.
Sean O’Malley wants to fight Gervonta Davis
In the post-match interview, Sean O’Malley expressed his desire to fight Gervonta Davis aka THE TANK who is ranked as the second-best active lightweight boxer by Boxrec, third by ESPN, and fifth by Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
For his skills with the Mic, Sean was often referred to as the next McGregor in the making. Conor also branched out to boxing when he fought against Floyd Mayweather. O’Malley now seems willing to follow a similar trajectory.
Sean O’Malley in his post-match interview after UFC 292 said “I would love to knock out Gervonta Davis, and I know that fight is going to happen.”
New UFC champ Sean O'Malley is chasing a boxing match with Gervonta Davis.
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) August 20, 2023
“This tall dude, I would love to go out there and box him” he added. When asked by the interviewer if he had ever seen The Tank in person, he added “No, I have never seen him in person. It could happen sooner or later but I also know UFC is down to get behind stuff like that if it is big enough.”
Sean O’Malley’s journey of becoming UFC champion
Sean O’Malley started his UFC journey back in 2017. He signed his first ever UFC contract on 18th July 2017 wherein he debuted on the Contender series by Dana White.
He fought Alfred Khashakyan, in the contender series and knocked him out cold with his accurate and on-point counterstriking. This fight became viral much thanks to Snoop Dog`s commentary. Sean climbed on top of the cage and looked down at Dana White and shouted “Welcome to the sugar show.”
O'Malley serves em' HOT N' Ready in front of @SnoopDogg 😂🔥
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 16, 2023
On 3rd March 2018, Sean made his official UFC debut as technically the contender series is separate from UFC. He made his debut on UFC 222 pay-per-view in the main card event against Andre Soukhamthath, in which Sean emerged as the winner.
Later that year Sean was banned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after testing positive for the banned substance Ostarine. He returned to the cage in 2020 and since then has fought many fighters like Petr Yan and Marlon Vera amassing a record of 17-1-0. Today he defeated Aljamain Sterling and became the Bantamweight champ.
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