UFC bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley is sticking around for a while.
Over the past few years, Sean O’Malley has been one of the fastest-rising fighters in the UFC. He went from out of the top ten to number one in just about a year’s time and now is waiting on his title shot. O’Malley set himself up in the number one spot on the rankings by defeating former champion Petr Yan at UFC 280. He knows he has earned a title shot but was waiting to negotiate with the UFC before signing on to that fight. It seems that now there is nothing standing in his way.
O’Malley announced on his YouTube channel that he has signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC. He explained that he was happy with the negotiations and although he didn’t get all he asked for, he believes he got what he has earned.
Sean O’Malley is happy with his new deal with the UFC
Recently O’Malley decided to let go of any management and has been acting for his own representation. He feels that he did a great job fighting for himself and getting what he believed he had earned. Leading up to this new contract, he had been publically stating that he thought he deserved pay-per-view points if he were to fight for a title. He went into his meeting asking for just that.
“Even if I do fight Aljo next I don’t get pay-per-view points. That was something I talked about in the negotiations. I tried to get it, you know, pay-per-view points not being the champ, didn’t fly, but I will say I did resign with the UFC,” he explained. “A very gracious contract that I’m proud of. I offered that, I asked for this, they said no, they said yes. I said well, they said huh, and I got a number that I’m very happy with. And I truly don’t think any manager that I had could have went in there and got me what I got.”
As previously mentioned O’Malley stated that the new deal is for eight fights but he believes that he will be able to renegotiate before those eight fights are up. He said if he goes out in his next two bouts and gets knockouts in each he feels that could be grounds to negotiate again.
“It also helps the relationship I’ve built with the UFC. I feel like I have earned this contract. This is what I feel I’ve earned, the amount that I’m getting paid. And I think the UFC, I think they’re fine with paying people what they earn,” he said. “I feel like I’m in a good position with the UFC and I’m getting paid what I earn. I’m very happy with how the negotiations went.”
O’Malley seems fine with waiting until he gets the next title shot available. Right now it appears that the plan is for champion Aljamain Sterling to face former champ Henry Cejudo in the Spring and then the winner will most likely face O’Malley.