Sean O’Malley Reveals Sean Shelby Was ‘Mad’ When He Turned Down UFC 268 Bout: Go Hang Out With 6ix9ine

Polarizing UFC bantamweight contender, ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley has claimed that longtime UFC matchmaker, Sean Shelby was “mad” at him for turning down a bout agreement to feature at UFC 268 on November 4.

O’Malley, who last featured at UFC 264 in July — took home an eventual, one-sided third round knockout victory over promotional newcomer, Kris Moutinho — after originally scheduled foe, Louis Smolka was forced from the bout due to an injury. The bout earned both O’Malley and Moutinho Fight of the Night honors.

The 26-year-old added Moutinho to a winning run which began with a similarly one-sided victory over Brazilian Muay Thai striker, Thomas Almeida back at UFC 260 in March, where O’Malley rebounded from his first professional career loss with a stunning third round ground-strike knockout win.

O’Malley, who attended UFC 265 on Saturday at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas alongside rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine — explained how UFC matchmaker Shelby was less than pleased when he rejected a bout agreement to feature on the UFC 268 pay-per-view card.

Sean Shelby was mad at me,” O’Malley said on his podcast. “Dude, I don’t wanna fight in New York. It’s far, the taxes are ridiculous, and Tim (Welch) has no-Gi or no, ADCC trials that weekend. And he told me that before I even potentially had a fight. So, that’s his thing, and I’m not gonna say, ‘No, I have a fight’. We’re doing it, especially when I could fight like a month later in (Las) Vegas. And Sean Shelby was just like, mad and like, ‘Fine. Go hang out with 6ix9ine’. Like, just acting like a f*cking tool, dude. So, I don’t know if I should’ve said that or not. But it’s like, dude, come on, What do you do?

They (the UFC) don’t need me,” O’Malley said. “But don’t treat me like that. Like, act like I’m not training or nothing. ‘Go, you’re hanging out with 6ix9ine, dude’. Like, I’m hanging out with him once. Well, three days, but, man, don’t make it up. Yeah, so it’s like, ‘Cool, dude, Treat me like a piece of sh*t.’ No, it’s like, dude, I would rather not deal with him at all and just deal with Dana (White).

Prior to his knockout victory over Almeida, O’Malley suffered a high-profile opening round knockout loss to Marlon Vera in the co-headlining bout of UFC 252 last August at the UFC Apex facility — snapping a run which saw the Dana White’s Contender Series alum enjoy a run which included triumphs against Jose Alberto Quinonez, and former WEC bantamweight champion, Eddie Wineland.

UFC 268 takes place on November 4. — with Madison Square Garden in New York City currently targeted to host the event. A welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington is booked to headline the showcase.


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