Sean O’Malley on Viral KO Fame: ‘Everything Has Been the Same’

Sean O’Malley caught the attention of many with his spectacular knockout of Alfred Khashahyan on Dana White’s Contender Series 2 last summer

Despite making his promotional debut on Friday, O’Malley believes that this will be the second fight of his UFC career:

“That last fight, that kid was, I think, UFC caliber,” O’Malley told MMAjunkie. “I look at it like that was my first UFC fight. I think that kid and this kid I’m fighting are super similar, and I think the same outcome is going to come out, too.”

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O’Malley is demonstrating some very impressive characteristic traits, which are punctuated by a keen sense of focus. Despite his viral knockout gaining him attention from the likes of Snoop Dogg and ESPN, the prospect is keeping his feet firmly on the ground:

“Everything has been the same,” O’Malley said. “I was training twice a day before, I’m training twice a day now. I bought a house, and that was the only thing that’s been different. Everything has been the same.”


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While “Sugar” is expecting his UFC debut to go well, he is not showing any signs of nerves despite carrying the tag of betting favorite over his opponent:

“I expect from myself to go out there and knock him out, so that’s just kind of how I feel, and I don’t feel any more pressure or nothing,” O’Malley said. “That’s what I want to go out there and do, so anything other than that, I would be kind of disappointed. I’m going to take it one fight at a time,” O’Malley said. “I’m going to go out there and knock this dude out, enjoy it, then talk about it later, maybe next week, or talk about it after the fight.”


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