Sean O’Malley Uninterested In UFC Headliners On Current Contract: ‘I’d Like To Be Paid Equally’

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 2, 2022

    UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley appears majorly hesitant regarding the possibility of booking his first headlining bout under the promotion’s banner, claiming that he does not currently want to compete for a period of 25 minutes inside the Octagon.

    Montana native, O’Malley, undefeated in his last three straight UFC outings – most recently stopped Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 earlier this month. The victory catapulted O’Malley back into the bantamweight top-15 ranking at #13, before a random shuffle saw him eventually land a position higher at #12.

    The victory came as the Dana White’s Contender Series alum’s third straight this year, following a July knockout win over Kris Moutinho at UFC 264, which following an eye-catching, one-punch, ground strike knockout win over promotional alum, Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 in March.

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    Despite his ever-growing stock and acclaim that comes with each impressive performance, O’Malley, who has recently noted his willingness to score high-profile pairings with the quartet of Rob Font, Marlon Vera, Pedro Munhoz, or Adrian Yanez next, has no interest in headlining against any of them next, on his current contract with the UFC.

    I don’t want a f*cking five round fight,” O’Malley said on the Full Send Podcast. “They’re (the UFC) gonna give me like, $20,000 extra to go fight, basically another fight, 10 minutes, I’m like, ‘I’m not gonna f*cking do that.

    When I’m champ, yeah,” O’Malley explained. “There comes a point, you can’t say no to the UFC, you know what I mean? I’d rather not fight five rounds unless you wanna pay me a f*cking lot more money. You know how much more training goes (into preparing for a five round fight). That was like, a 10-week camp (for UFC 269) for 15 minutes. That’s a hard camp. I think, though, with the level of cardio I was in, I could have gone five rounds, just because when you’re in there, you’re not gonna give up, you’re not gonna fall, you’re gonna fight. But five rounds, that’s a lot. That’s 25 minutes of f*cking fist-fighting. I’d like to be paid, if I’m gonna do that, paid equally. That’s a long time to f*cking fight, dude.

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