Sean O’Malley, the rising UFC star with the Irish-sounding name, says that he has everything it takes to emulate the achievements of one of the fight game’s most transformative figures, Conor McGregor.
The rainbow-haired O’Malley, who is a perfect 4-0 since joining the UFC ranks in late 2017 after impressing Dana White on the ‘Contender Series’ show, has signposted himself as a fighter to watch with a series of scintillating performances in the cage.
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The most recent of these was a one-shot KO of fight veteran Eddie Wineland in June, but as the reputation grows so does the caliber of opponent and ahead of this weekend’s showdown with the highly-regarded Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera, O’Malley says he is expecting to produce the type of performance of which fighters like McGregor, or even middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, would be proud of.
“I think obviously Conor’s career went well,” O’Malley told the media in Las Vegas on Wednesday. “Israel Adesanya’s career went well and I feel like I want a similar career like that.
“(McGregor and I are) pretty similar in fighting styles. We knock people out in the first round. We’re not afraid to say how the fight will play out.”
McGregor, the Irish former two-division UFC champion, began his career in the organization with an improbable series of predictions, many of which came true.
Chad Mendes, he said, would be knocked out in the second round of their fight. Jose Aldo would fall after the first exchange. He would one day hold both the featherweight and lightweight world titles.
All of these predictions came true. Others, of course, didn’t – but O’Malley says that he respects the Dubliner’s willingness to call his own shots and then work to achieve them, and is aiming for the type of definitive performances McGregor displayed en route to UFC gold.
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“I think it totally depends how I go out there and finish ‘Chito,'” O’Malley said. “If I win a decision I don’t get that big, big next fight name. I could, because if I win a decision it will be a very impressive decision. But if I starch him I think I will get whoever I want.
“He’s in the UFC, he’s tough, he’s beat people in the UFC, he’s finished people in the UFC and he’s never been finished,” O’Malley said. “All around it’s a tough fight. He’s my toughest opponent to date and with that said, I’ll probably still drop him in the first round.”