Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley has quickly become one of the most exciting fighters in UFC.
While the 23-year-old striker has managed to stick out among his peers as an avid supporter of marijuana use, it is O’Malley’s fighting style and natural ability inside of the cage that has fight fans in a frenzy. After all, “Sugar” willed his way to a unanimous decision win over talented prospect Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222 this past March despite badly injuring his foot mid-way through the fight.
Luckily for “Sugar” fans worldwide, the youngster is healing up well from surgery and doing what he needs to do in order to get back into action.
“It went good,” said O’Malley of his surgery during a recent edition of The MMA Hour.
“It’s still a little swollen. I actually went and lifted for the first time and it felt pretty good. I’ve just been icing it and I start physical therapy here soon. UFC said they’d pay for me to come out there and do my physical therapy out there, so I’ll probably go out there for a week or two and take advantage of that.”
Once completely healed and cleared to fight, O’Malley believes his elevated platform of popularity and potential should lead him to a UFC main event spot. Only two fights into his promotional career and the confident bantamweight has declared himself a legitimate draw.
Is he right?
“My plan is to headline; I really want to headline my next card,” O’Malley said. “I think I deserve it. It would sell good, well not necessarily sell good, but it would get a lot of views with me headlining the card.
“I’m thinking October or November some time. For five rounds, I want to make sure that I get an extra month or so to get really in shape for that.”
Whether or not O’Malley deserves a headlining act after consecutive wins over Soukhamthath and Terrion Ware, it’s hard to disagree that the rising bantamweight is one of the most promising young fighters in UFC right now. His ability to turn fights into fan-friendly brawls chock-full of spinning techniques and near-knockout blows will go a long way in his development as a star.