LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 06:  Sean O'Malley poses for a portrait backstage during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

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Sean O’Malley is without doubt one of the hottest rising names in UFC with one of many sport’s most colourful personalities—and hairdos.

So it is no shock that the ascending bantamweight is embracing current comparisons to Conor McGregor.

“I do not wanna be in comparison with him as I am on TMZ going to jail! I am gonna attempt to keep away from these conditions as a lot as I can,” O’Malley instructed TMZ Sports activities. “Being in comparison with Conor, yeah, it is nice. It is like being in comparison with Jon Jones, Muhammad Ali, these guys. It is like, ‘F–k yeah,’ you’ll be able to evaluate me!”

O’Malley has acquired efficiency bonuses for his final three fights, together with Efficiency of the Night time for his walk-off knockout of Eddie Wineland at UFC 250. He’s presently the 15th-ranked bantamweight.

“I take that as a praise, getting in comparison with Conor,” O’Malley mentioned. “So far as the talent set smart, I feel I’ve extra abilities with regards to the placing.”

O’Malley has gained eight of his 12 fights by way of knockout. McGregor has 19 knockouts in his 22 wins; O’Malley’s gone to the cardboard extra occasions in lower than half as many fights.

That mentioned, O’Malley is setting himself as much as be certainly one of MMA‘s most boisterous personalities in a post-Conor world.