Rising bantamweight star Sean O’Malley usually likes to fight three times a year. But this year may be a different story as he recovers from injuries. Despite any setbacks, he is planning to go on a killing spree.
2021 was a successful year for Sugar Sean, winning three fights all by way of KO or TKO. O’Malley is coming off a first-round finish of Raulian Paiva at UFC 269 on Dec. 11, but suffered a broken thumb in the fight and is also nursing a knee injury. He hasn’t been able to train since the win and doesn’t think that he’ll be back inside the octagon until this summer.
O’Malley spoke about his competitive future during the most recent episode of his ‘Suga Sunday Service‘ podcast. He’s made it clear on several occasions that he prefers competing in Las Vegas, Nevada. And he plans on waiting until the UFC returns to the city later in the year.
“I don’t think they’re having a Vegas card in April, in May. I might not fight for awhile,” O’Malley said during the podcast. He continued “If I don’t fight until June or July, it just gives me time to get better and improve. I haven’t been able to train since my fight. I’ve had a f*cking fractured thumb since my fight. I haven’t been able to train, so I haven’t been able to improve since the fight until now. I get my cast off soon. That’ll give me a couple of months to improve.”
“Ideally I get three fights in a year. That’s kind of where my head’s at,” O’Malley said. “If I only fight two, if I get one in July and November or December – Might only get two this year. Fight out the contract, and then boom, go into 2023 with a fat f*cking contract, and just go on a Killing spree.” O’Malley is ranked No. 12 in the 135-pound division. He’s 7-1 in the UFC and has earned performance-based bonuses in six times.