Sean O'Malley
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As Sean O’Malley closes in on a title combat with bantamweight champion Petr Yan, he’s eager to keep away from a mistake made by MMA celebrity Conor McGregor.

O’Malley is well one of the vital promising prospects in MMA proper now, and he’s already on the radar of lots of his division’s prime fighters, together with former champions Henry Cejudo and Cody Garbrandt, and the reigning champion Yan.

Whereas that’s due largely to his talent, it additionally has rather a lot to do together with his trash speak.

“I’m simply probably the most talked about man within the division,” O’Malley instructed MMA Combating. “I’m speaking lots of smack about Petr, Cody, Henry, all these dudes, and so they’re all replying. I’m clearly in Petr’s head, or Pete-R, no matter you need to name him. He’s serious about me. I feel he’s dreaming about me, waking up and asking somebody to assist him tweet one thing.”

Regardless of the trash speak he’s fired within the path of fighters like Cejudo, Garbrandt and Yan, O’Malley says his fights won’t ever be private.

Permitting fights to develop into private, he added, is an important mistake that different fighters—together with the previous two-division champion and MMA celebrity Conor McGregor—have made beforehand.

“Nothing’s private,” O’Malley defined. “Quick little individuals like Petr and Cody and Henry have brief man syndrome, and so they get offended at issues and it’s private. For me, it’s all the time going to be enterprise. I feel Conor [McGregor] was actually good at that till the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] combat. I really feel like that acquired too private, and it performed video games with him. I undoubtedly realized from that have with Conor vs. Khabib, I can’t let it get private.”

Sean O’Malley final fought at UFC 250, when he picked up a jaw-dropping first-round knockout win over former WEC champion Eddie Wineland. The victory earned him the No. 14 spot within the UFC bantamweight rankings, and set him up for a combat with Ecuador’s Marlon Vera, scheduled for UFC 252 on August 15.