Most combat sports fans are well acquainted with Sean O’Malley. This professional fighter currently competes in the Bantamweight division of the UFC and has gained significant prominence from his octagon career. Inside the Octagon, he is known by his moniker Sugar.
So, let’s take a moment to find out the background of his nickname and his UFC journey.
Why is Sean O’Malley called ‘Sugar’?
Some UFC fighters are famous for their ferocious appearances but Sean doesn’t count on the list. His naive facial expression and calm demeanor earned him the image of a sweet guy. One of his MMA coaches once gave him his moniker and stated that the fighter is sweet and fun to watch, so he should be called Sugar.
Since then, this Bantamweight fighter is known as Sugar in the combat sports world.
How did Sean join the UFC?
The Montana-born fighter surpassed different obstacles step-by-step to enter the UFC. Before making his professional UFC debut, he found the opportunity to fight against Alfred Khashakyan in Dana White’s Contender Series 2. Sean won the match and bagged a UFC contract.
Upon entering, on December 1, 2017, he made his first professional debut against Terrion Ware. Sean attained his first UFC victory via unanimous decision.
One year later, in 2018, he fought his second UFC fight, and this time too, he won via unanimous decision over Andre Soukhamthath. This is how his ultimate fighting journey started and flourished over time.
What is Sean O’Malley’s net worth in 2023?
As of 2023, the MMA star’s net worth is around $1.2 million most of which comes from fights, endorsements, and collaboration with the media.
Alongside Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett, many have touted him as the next ‘Conor McGregor’ on the rise. He has become a top contender in the 135 lb division after beating Petr Yan in a controversial match.
If all goes well, we could see him step into the Octagon against the reigning champ Aljamain Sterling in the main event of UFC 292.