Sean O’Malley is the new number-one-ranked bantamweight and is looking for the title shot and money.
Following the UFC 280 event, many believed that Sean O’Malley in the rightful next title contender to take on champion Aljamain Sterling. However, following Sterling’s win, UFC president Dana White spoke about the possibility of retired champion Henry Cejudo coming back and getting an immediate title shot. O’Malley believes he is the best option and the one fans want to see. He is a fan favorite and one of the most popular fighters on the roster. He feels in terms of selling a fight he vs. Sterling will do well on a PPV card.
O’Malley has had high hopes for himself all throughout his UFC career. He plans on being the biggest-selling fighter ever and could be on his way to that status with a win over Sterling. O’Malley now has a date in mind for that title fight but claims there is some negotiating that needs to be straightened out first.
“I really am that the money fight as far as if we’re trying to sell pay-per-views,” he said on The MMA Hour. “I obviously do five times whatever Henry would do. But then again, I want to sit down and renegotiate my contract too, because I’ve been on a lot of big pay-per-views and I know where I stand as far as selling pay-per-views. So I’m gonna sit down with them and, and hopefully, come to a deal with something we both agree upon. And I think that in a week or two we will know a lot more.”
Sean O’Malley is looking for a new UFC contract before he fights for the title
O’Malley knows his worth in the UFC. He has been vocal about how his fame and fan following are assets of his. Dana White has spoken about the possibility of O’Malley becoming a global superstar in the past and now O’Malley wants his bank account to reflect his worth.
“As far as going into, say I go into my next fight against Aljo and you’re telling me Aljo gets the pay-per-view points and I’m not? I don’t know. I don’t know, that’s something we’ll talk about behind closed doors with the UFC and see if we can do something but you know, it’s definitely something I thought about,” he said. “Some people I mean, I get it, I understand why they don’t they’re not getting paid for pay-per-view points but I should be.”
When a champion is featured on a PPV event card they will receive a portion of the money for selling it. The bigger the draw the more money they will receive. O’Malley thinks he deserves a piece of the pie for a fight with Sterling and would do a bigger PPV buy than Henry Cejudo.
O’Malley wants the title fight in June or July.