Sean O’Malley believes he is UFC’s next big superstar.
The UFC appears to be in need of salvation, but is Sean O’Malley prepared to do so? There is no denying that the UFC roster is filled with outstanding athletes who are both established and rising, but according to O’Malley, the company lacks star power.
Sean O’Malley: The next big UFC star?
“UFC needs a superstar right now,” Sean O’Malley said on “The BrOMalley Show” on his YouTube channel. “They got Jon Jones, but he’s getting older, and he’s not guaranteed to get to the fight (at UFC 285). I think he will. Just saying stuff happens. Even if he does fight, it’s like, when does he fight again?
“Paddy (Pimblett) was like, ‘Could he be?’ Then we see his last fight, now he’s getting surgery. He still has potential. He still could be a massive superstar. The only person I can think of is ‘The Sugar Show’ that has the potential to be that motherf*cker.”
To prove Sean O’Malley’s case, since Conor McGregor’s defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, the UFC has been without its best star and top pay-per-view draw because he is allegedly guilty of attacking a woman on his yacht in Ibiza last summer. In addition, the organisation recently lost “baddest man on the globe” Francis Ngannou, the current UFC heavyweight champion, when a new contract could not be reached with him.
Khamzat Chimaev and Paddy Pimblett, two fighters on the current roster, have the potential to become major stars, but their momentum has dwindled as a result of recent events in their careers: Chimaev’s disastrous weight cut at UFC 279 and Pimblett’s Robbery of the Year victory over Jared Gordon.
The same could be said for O’Malley (16-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), one of the most well-known and divisive competitors in the league, who just earned a fiercely contested split decision victory against Petr Yan in his most recent contest at UFC 280.
Although the UFC could use a genuine superstar, it may be overstating the case to say that the organisation “needs” one considering that UFC president Dana White frequently points out the business’s financial success without one.
O’Malley simply wants it known that he thinks he is that person.
“I’m not saying I’m the best fighter,” O’Malley said. “I’m talking about who’s gonna bring the most eyeballs, who’s gonna give the people that feeling when they walk out? At the weigh-ins, during fight week, and they’re like, ‘Oh sh*t, this fight’s happening.’ It’s me.” Sean O’Malley said.