The Sugar Present returned at UFC 250 and as soon as once more Sean O’Malley made fast work of his opponent, knocking out Eddie Wineland 1:54 into the primary spherical for his fourth win within the UFC (fifth should you rely his Tuesday Night time Contender win). The UFC clearly has a rising star on its arms with O’Malley however the uncomfortable query hanging within the air is whether or not they’ll be capable of proceed getting him again into the cage as his inventory rises and he makes extra monetary calls for.
Even with the UFC being the one sport on the town proper now, the headlines popping out proper now are dominated not by the fights themselves however the battles between athletes and UFC brass over cash. The UFC is (understandably, in some methods) unwilling to take the lid off fighter pay in the course of the Coronavirus pandemic. It looks as if the defining function of this summer time could also be a definite lack of huge identify fights on account of that. However can they arrive to phrases with guys like O’Malley, who may turn out to be a significant draw however isn’t fairly there but?
O’Malley made it clear after his win over Wineland (the final battle on his present $40okay/$40okay contract) that he’s seeking to receives a commission ‘what’s honest.’
“I believe our state of affairs is a little bit completely different,” he stated when requested about his pay within the cont<ext of stars like Jones and Cejudo strolling away. “These guys have had large fights and quite a lot of fights and massive wins. I’m not asking for lots, like actually what I used to be asking for was nonetheless lower than everybody made tonight. I simply need it to be honest.”
“I believe the entire week was concerning the Sugar Present. I used to be presupposed to renegotiate after the Quinonez battle, it didn’t occur. So it sucks that it even has to return up and be about cash. It shouldn’t should be, it needs to be honest, it needs to be one thing that we are able to all agree on and I positively simply need to receives a commission what I really feel I’m price.”
If O’Malley and the UFC are capable of come to phrases, he’s prepared to maintain on sprinting into extra fights till somebody touches him up sufficient to require a break.
“Is Struggle Island going to be a factor? Are we going to have the ability to go?” O’Malley requested. “I like combating in Vegas, I suppose but when Struggle Island is a factor we are able to begin different opponents outdoors of the USA. I don’t have a reputation proper now [for next opponent], it will depend on who’s wholesome, who’s coming off a win. How a few of these different fights would possibly play out tonight.”
“There are too many issues I gotta determine, however I ought to be capable of determine it out quick. I’ve no accidents, my shin hurts, I believe I landed a kick on his elbow with my shin. However apart from that I’m wholesome and able to go. Every week, a month. No matter.”
He made it clear there’s much more happening past what he’s been capable of present in his final two fast fights.
“I do extra jiujitsu and grappling than something, attempting to get my grappling as excessive stage as my hanging and I’m nearly there,” he stated. “And I’m simply going to proceed to get higher on each these and I’m going to be a really, very harmful bantamweight. And I need to turn out to be one of the best bantamweight ever. I’m 25, I’m going to be on this sport hopefully at bantamweight for 5, six years. So I’ve quite a lot of fights to place in and quite a lot of work to do, and so far as who a very good opponent could be, it will depend on the UFC and what we speak about. However we are able to maintain combating strikers, I’m all the way down to maintain knocking individuals out.”
We’d like to maintain watching Sean O’Malley knock individuals out, so let’s hope the UFC is prepared to crack their pockets open a little bit this time and make it occur.