I Do All My Own Deals: Sean O’Malley Explains Why He Loves Working Without A Manager

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Sean O’Malley, the 13th ranked UFC Bantamweight contender and one of the most popular faces in the sport, prefers working solo and without a manager- and there’s a reason for that.

Sean O’Malley prefers to do everything direct, “no one taking a random percentage for being a middleman”

Looking at the UFC roster, many fighters and champions have always been linked with a handful of managers- from handling different aspects of their careers. O’Malley is a podcaster, YouTuber, and streamer on the side and it would be presumed that he would also need a manager to handle all that.

However, “Suga” Sean believes in going solo, as he prefers to not have a “middleman”. Speaking on The MMA Hour, O’Malley opined that ge’s against giving out 15-20% cut to the managers for not really doing anything.

“I am my management. Solo dolo. No middleman, no one taking a random percentage for being a middleman. I do all my own deals and s**t gets done right,” said O’Malley, “Say UFC gets a sponsorship deal, and whoever handles that at the UFC, they’re like, ‘The UFC wants Sean O’Malley, I’m going to go to his management,’ and then their management takes 20 percent, 15 percent, whatever, just to tell me about the deal.”

“Not to do anything, just to say, ‘Hey, the UFC called, you want this deal?’ Sure. It’s the same thing with fight money too. You want 15 percent of my money because you did what? No, that ain’t happening. Oh, you want some of the bonus too? That ain’t happening.”

“I personally enjoy doing all the business side of things. There are some fighters who are probably like, ‘F**k that, I don’t even want to look at that stuff. You take care of it and I’ll give you the percentage.’ There’s people like that. Cool. I like to be a part of my deal. I like to be directly in communication with all my brand deals, the UFC specifically, everyone. I don’t want any miscommunication. That always seems to happen when there’s an extra voice in the middle and it’s just not necessary, at least for me,” he added. [H/T MMA Fighting]

Sean O’Malley is currently on a three fight win streak. His last outing in the Octagon against Pedro Munhoz at UFC 276 earlier this month ended in a No Contest afte an accidental eye poke rendered Munhoz unable to continue. O’Malley’s next fight is against former UFC Bantamweight Champion Petr Yan at UFC 280 in October.

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