- Sean O’Malley admitted he couldn’t watch the actual slap fighting in Dana White’s Power Slap League
- “Suga” is joined by a handful of MMA personalities in thinking slap fighting is dangerous
Contrary to how Dana White promoted it, Power Slap League has earned more negative than positive reviews. More and more UFC personalities are expressing their disappointment over the so-called sport and among the latest to speak his mind about the subject was No. 1 bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley.
Everything has been good except for slap fighting
Having been one of the most notable pro-company fighters on the roster, O’Malley said on his “BroMalley Show” that the UFC has been doing everything right as the top-tier promotion in the sport. However, “Suga” did not shy away from stressing that White’s Power Slap League is by far the only thing the company did a terrible job with.
According to O’Malley, he couldn’t exactly tell why but he just couldn’t watch the actual slap fighting.
“UFC thinks three steps ahead. UFC is a smart business, they’re doing what they think they need to do. They’re smart. Except for slap fighting,” O’Malley began.
“It’s weird because some people just love it,” he continued. “I could see maybe watching the TV series part of it like The Ultimate Fighter at the house, seeing their back stories but the actual ‘sport,’ whatever you wanna call it, itself, I can’t watch… I can’t watch it. I don’t know if I can’t watch it because I understand what concussions are… I’ve been through them, I know how bad it is to do that to your brain… I can’t see it.”
It’s not looking good
Before this, O’Malley already predicted that White’s Power Slap League is a “recipe for disaster.” And apparently, even non-UFC fighters aren’t pleased with the entire slap-fighting thing.
Veteran MMA trainer and Xtreme Couture coach Eric Nicksick recently said in an exclusive interview with MiddleEasy MMA that judging by how slap fighting works, there’s a great chance participants could incur a traumatic brain injury.
On the other hand, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani used his show to express his strong disapproval of slap fighting. Helwani pointed out that NSAC was completely wrong for sanctioning Power Slap League.
Meanwhile, O’Malley’s name is being thrown in the mix as Henry Cejudo’s UFC return looms. Reigning bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is open for a big-money fight with “Suga” and O’Malley is also down as long as “Funk Master” is 100% healthy.