Sean O’Malley’s shocking revelations on why he rejected Ramzan Kadyrov’s offer

Ramzan Kadyrov is known for his semi-autonomous rule in the Republic of Chechnya and his friendship with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin; he is also playing an infamous role in the Russia-Ukraine war.

But as an admirer of combat sports, he frequently invites combat sports artists to visit his country. The recent additions to that invitation list were Kamaru Usman, Henry Cejudo, and Justin Gaethje.

Sean O’Malley was also on the invitation list, but as it was an anonymous invitation, Sugar turned down the offer, but he confirmed that the fighters bagged millions of dollars for that one visit.

“The reason we really never ended up going [Chechnya] was—who was this for? And we never really got an answer.”  Sean O’Malley revealed. “I’m like, F**k that.’ So, obviously, Henry’s gonna take the f**king money; he’s literally probably made one million dollars in his whole career fighting. So he’s probably broke—he needs it to get to Russia.”

Sugar also referred to Kadyrov as a murderer and a dog of Putin in the same podcast, which is the reason he didn’t go to Russia. 

“They went over to Chechnya, and the guy [Ramzan Kadyrov], he’s a murderer, basically—the top dog, best friends with [Vladimir] Putin—not a good person,” said Sean O’Malley on his podcast. “And that’s who they went there with, to his kid’s birthday party.”

Sean O’Malley is the former ICF bantamweight champion and has appeared in 18 professional MMA bouts, winning 16 of them. Furthermore, 11 of the victories were achieved by knockout. Sugar lost his only bout against Marlon Vera at UFC 252.

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In his last appearance at UFC 280’s main event against Petr Yan, O’Malley secured a debatable split decision victory. Currently, this 28-year-old is looking forward to a title shot against the winner of the current bantamweight title holder, Aljamain Sterling’s next title defending bout.

Saifullah Nayem

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Business undergrad and has been a culer since childhood, currently working as a combat sportswriter at SportsZion. Aside from sports, he is passionate about marketing and business-related activities.


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