Monday, November 28, 2022

[UPDATE] UFC Bantamweight Claims Sean O’Malley Has Accepted Fight


According to Brian Kelleher, he and “Sugar” Sean O’Malley have an upcoming engagement.

Last month, Kelleher shot his shot when calling out O’Malley for a fight. Kelleher felt that the fact that he was unranked put him at an advantage to get accepted by O’Malley. This is because O’Malley has recently stated that he prefers fighting unranked opponents if he is getting paid the same. And though Kelleher has been ranked in the past, he does not currently have a number next to his name.

O’Malley recently turned down a fight against Frankie Edgar pitched for November’s UFC 268 and has stated that he prefers to fight in December instead. If Kelleher’s tweet is to be believed after being read between its few lines, then it seems as though Kelleher’s callout has paid off.

“She said yes @SugaSean,” the tweet reads with an engagement ring emoji.

Following this tweet, MMA reporter Mike Heck provided the update that no fight has been officially offered as of yet, but there is some interest from both teams in putting the fight together for UFC 269 in December. Perhaps Kelleher is privy to direct knowledge of just how deep that interest runs from O’Malley himself.

As always, MMA News will keep you posted on this developing story and deliver any updates regarding any formal fight agreement between these two bantamweights.


UFC bantamweight Brian Kelleher called out Sean O’Malley following his dominant victory over Domingo Pilarte at UFC Vegas 34, offering to give “Sugar” the unranked opponent he’s after.

Kelleher, who has fought twelve times since making his promotional debut in 2017, made his second appearance of this year during this past weekend’s prelims. Pilarte, meanwhile, entered the cage for the first time since last February.

After defeats to Cody Stamann and Ricky Simón interrupted solid victories over Hunter Azure and Ray Rodriguez, “Boom” was looking to rebound in style and begin a more consistent run of wins. After three rounds of comfortable control, the 35-year-old had done exactly that.

Looking to continue his trend of remaining as active as possible, Kelleher wasted no time in calling out a big name for his next fight. During his post-fight interview inside the Octagon, the New York native set his sights on Sean O’Malley.

After taking shots at “Sugar” for hanging out with rapper 6ix9ine, and for getting a tattoo dedicated to the controversial figure, Kelleher staked his claim to be the unranked opponent O’Malley wants to face.

“O’Malley, stop it with the 6ix9ine tattoos. What kind of guys you hangin’ out with? You should have got a tattoo of a vagina. You know you don’t want to fight any ranked guys, so here I am. Business is booming.” (h/t Sportskeeda)

Kelleher’s comments come after O’Malley revealed his desire to continue fighting unranked opponents in the UFC despite his rising stardom. The 26-year-old explained that he’d get paid the same to face someone outside of the top 15 as he would to face a top five name.

Kris Moutinho O'Malley

O’Malley was last in action at UFC 264 last month. After the withdrawal of Louis Smolka, “Sugar” faced promotional newcomer Kris Moutinho. Despite an incredible display of toughness from the debutant, he was finally stopped with less than 30 seconds of the main card opener remaining.

Despite perhaps not finding the highlight reel finish he’d been after, O’Malley put in an impressive performance on the feet that saw him break the record for the most significant strikes landed in a UFC bantamweight fight. He’ll be looking to continue his rise to the top when he makes his next walk to the Octagon.

Would you like to see Sean O’Malley face Brian Kelleher next?