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Sean O’Malley is one of the brightest young stars on the UFC roster. Even if one is not a fan of his antics or doesn’t foresee “Suga” capturing a UFC title, he’s nevertheless proven himself as a considerable draw, building quite a bit of star power in the last couple years. At the very least, he’s more than the average “Contenders Series” product. Most recently, O’Malley styled on late-notice (but ultra tough) replacement Kris Moutinho, earning a third-round stoppage at UFC 264 back in July.

Despite his current win streak, O’Malley feels disrespected by UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby, who was not pleased when O’Malley was less than interesting in fight at UFC 268 due to taxes and a scheduling conflict.

“Sean Shelby was mad at me,” O’Malley explained on his podcast (via SportsKeeda). “Dude, I don’t wanna fight in New York. It’s far, the taxes are ridiculous, and Tim (Welch) has no-Gi or no, ADCC trials that weekend. And he told me that before I even potentially had a fight. So, that’s his thing, and I’m not gonna say, ‘No. I have a fight’. We’re doing it, especially when I could fight like a month later in Vegas. And Sean Shelby was just like, mad and like, ‘Fine. Go hang out with 6ix9ine’. Like, just acting like a f**king tool, dude. So, I don’t know if I should’ve said that or not. But it’s like, dude, come on. What do you do?”

“They don’t need me,” O’Malley admitted. “But don’t treat me like that. Like, act like I’m not training or nothing. ‘Go, you’re hanging out with 6ix9ine, dude’. Like, I’m hanging out with him once. Well, three days, but, man, don’t make it up. Yeah, so, it’s like, ‘Cool, dude. Treat me like a piece of s**t’. No, it’s like, dude, I would rather not deal with him at all and just deal with Dana.”

O’Malley continued on to explain the lack of balance in his relationship with UFC. Though the promotion can function without him, O’Malley also understands that he draws a considerable amount of viewers, so he is a valuable asset for the company and deserves to be paid appropriately.

This may not be the most dramatic example, but it is yet another occasion where one of UFC’s relatively few stars is unhappy with his treatment.


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