Sean O’Malley Says He ‘Could Submit Khabib’ But Naysayers Would Still ‘Say Something’

Sean O'Malley is not paying attention to the negatives.

Sean O'Malley at UFC 276 Media
Sean O'Malley at UFC 276 Media (via @UFC)
  • Sean O’Malley revealed how he deals with naysayers discrediting him
  • “Sugar” is confident he’ll beat Pedro Munhoz and will soon face a top guy

Sean O’Malley is becoming one of the biggest draws in the UFC today. His flamboyant personality has made an easy target for bashers. However, “Sugar” remains unfazed.

No time for bashers

On UFC 276 media day, O’Malley raised quite a point when it comes to dealing with naysayers. According to “Sugar,” who has finished all his last three opponents, no matter what he does, people will always “say something.” Even if he submits a legendary fighter like Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I could submit Khabib and people would be like, ‘Yeah, but,’ something. They’d say something,” O’Malley explained. “So I pay no attention to what the negative fans say. It doesn’t matter to me. Yes, I’ll go out there and finish Pedro, and yes, it’ll be like, ‘Yeah, but,’ so it doesn’t matter.”

Confidence is key

O’Malley is set to take on UFC veteran Pedro Munhoz this weekend. As expected, the 27-year-old’s approach leading up to the fight is all about confidence.

“Anybody [in] my weight class, I could see me standing across from them and knocking them out,” O’Malley stressed. “I’ve done it over and over and over again – it’s hard not to envision that. Everyone I fight, I knock out, so that’s just how I see this fight going. That’s how I see any fight that I’m ever going to be in going, just me putting my hands on their chin enough times, and they’ll fall.”

A top guy is next

As it stands, O’Malley is on an impressive three-fight win streak. While he seemed very focused on himself, he’s also been assessing the top guys in the 135-pound division. Based on his assessment, the likes of Petr Yan and Rob Font are already on his hit list.

“There’s a little Russian dude [Petr Yan] running around saying no one wants to find him,” he added. “That’s an option. [Rob Font] might be an option; he got beat up a few times, so it might not be. The division’s crazy right now. A lot of guys are already booked. We’ll just have to see how the fights play out in the next couple of months.”

A win over Munhoz will see O’Malley break into the bantamweight division’s top 10. Let’s see how things will play out for “Sugar.”

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