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Midnight Mania! ‘Happy’ Sean O’Malley using UFC as ‘platform to sell merch’

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UFC fighter pay remains a consistent topic of debate and discussion. Among the athletes, there are some who back the promotion and its paychecks as fair — like Paddy Pimblett and Michael Chandler — but there’s been more and more criticism as of late, too, especially when UFC President, Dana White, is handing off $250,000 to random YouTubers.

Historically, one such fighter with complaints is Sean O’Malley. He’s made it clear in the past that he wouldn’t fight top-ranked opposition without a pay bump, but something has changed. “Suga” is now set to scrap vs. Petr Yan at UFC 280 on Oct. 22, and “No Mercy” is a former champion and absolutely elite Bantamweight. Based on his past statements, one would assume that challenge means an extra zero or two for O’Malley.

However, O’Malley recently revealed otherwise on The MMA Hour. Per “Suga,” it was more of a perspective shift than increased paycheck, as he’s now looking at high-profile UFC fights as an avenue to increase his other revenue streams like merchandise.

“I’d say I’m happy with where I’m at in the UFC, with how I’m being paid, how I’m being treated,” O’Malley began. “I’m definitely happy. It’s really been a perspective change in looking at the UFC as more of a platform for me to sell merch.

“It really helped my perspective and the relationship I have with the UFC, looking at it that way, you know, that I’m going to take advantage of these opportunities,” he continued. “I’m not getting paid more, now that I’m fighting Petr ... I didn’t ask for more money, fighting the number one guy. I’m just going to go out there and take advantage of the opportunity, and that is to fight Petr. I’m lucky to be able to be in this position, to be healthy, to be 27, going into my prime and fighting these top level guys. I’m just going to take advantage of that.”


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