Sean O’Malley, a top contender at the bantamweight class in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has made no secret of his affection for the company’s superstar, Conor McGregor. Unless he becomes a “bigger” sensation, “Sugar” Sean hopes to follow in the footsteps of “The Notorious.”
On UFC 280, the 27-year-old will square off against Petr Yan. Since Yan has been called the “best dude he ever fought,” O’Malley believes that a victory over the former champion will bring him one step closer to his ultimate aim.
“People that think I won’t win actually want me to win. People want a superstar. There’s really no one in the UFC right now that is that Conor level. Me, I go out there and beat Petr in spectacular fashion, I’m climbing,” O’Malley said.
“I’m not gonna be there yet, and I know that. But I’m climbing to become that guy. I wanna be that guy. I wanna be the Conor.
“I think the UFC fans want that. They want somebody that they can get super, super excited about. Most people think I’m gonna lose, but I think the majority of people want me to go out there and win. Which is rare, I don’t usually think that. But I do think in this case that that’s what it is.”