Sean O'Malley (fighter)

Sean O'Malley (born October 24, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). A professional competitor since 2013, O'Malley was featured on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, winning by knockout.

Sean O'Malley
Sean O'malley defending his 135 pound belt at ICF 2014-07-07 13-39.jpg
O'Malley in 2014
Born (1994-10-24) October 24, 1994 (age 26)
Helena, Montana, U.S.
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
DivisionFlyweight (2015)
Bantamweight (2013–present)
Reach72 in (183 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofGlendale, Arizona, U.S.
TeamTeam Proven Grounds (2011–2014)[2]
MMA Lab (2014–present)[2]
Sanabul[citation needed]
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3] under Augusto "Tanquinho" Mendes and Tim Welch[4]
Years active2013–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission1
By decision3
By knockout1
Amateur record
By knockout2
By submission3
By decision2
By submission2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

O'Malley trains in Glendale, Arizona at The MMA Lab led by head trainer John Crouch,[5] and is coached by his long time friend, Tim Welch.[6]

O'Malley was given the nickname "Sugar" by one of his MMA coaches in Montana early on in his career. When O'Malley asked why this nickname was chosen, his coach responded, "Because you're sweet to watch".[6]

O'Malley fought his first five fights of his career in his native Montana, before leaving to fight in North Dakota and eventually fought for Legacy Fighting Alliance where he got a highlight reel knockout over David Nuzzo.[7]

After his win over Nuzzo, O'Malley earned a spot on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series when he took on Alfred Khashakyan. O'Malley beat Khashakyan with a stunning knockout in the first round and was awarded a UFC contract.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

O'Malley's promotional debut came against Terrion Ware on December 1, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale.[9] O'Malley won the fight via unanimous decision.[10]

O'Malley next faced Andre Soukhamthath on March 3, 2018 at UFC 222.[11] He won the fight by unanimous decision, despite injuring his foot in the third round.[12] This fight earned both participants a Fight of the Night bonus.[13]

O'Malley was expected to face José Alberto Quiñónez on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229.[14] However, O'Malley announced that he was out of the fight on September 30 due to a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.[15] On October 25, O'Malley received hip surgery while waiting to receive judgment pending his potential violation.[16] Subsequently, O'Malley was suspended for six months by the NSAC after testing positive for ostarine. He became eligible to return as of March 2019.[17]

O'Malley was scheduled to face Marlon Vera on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[18] However, O'Malley announced his withdrawal from the bout on June 21, 2019 due to a failed test for ostarine. The Nevada State Athletic Commission decided to suspend him due to the failed test and he was suspended for 6 months by USADA. The ostarine in his system was likely residual from his previously failed test prior to UFC 229.[19][20]

O'Malley faced José Alberto Quiñónez at UFC 248 on March 7, 2020.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.[22] This win earned him his first Performance of the Night award.[23]

O'Malley faced former WEC Bantamweight Champion Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 on June 6, 2020.[24] He won the fight via one-punch knockout in the first round.[25] This win earned him the Performance of the Night.[26]

O'Malley faced Marlon Vera in co-main event of UFC 252 on August 15, 2020.[27] Vera defeated O'Malley via first round TKO, finishing O'Malley with strikes on the ground after O’Malley suffered from drop foot after being kicked in the peroneal nerve in the leg by Vera.[28]

Submission grapplingEdit

Quintet: UltraEdit

O'Malley competed at Quintet: Ultra as a member of Team UFC on December 12, 2019. He submitted Takanori Gomi with a guillotine choke in his opening round of the tournament but was subsequently submitted by Hector Lombard with an ankle-lock. The team advanced to the next round and faced Team Strikeforce. In that round, he went to a draw with former Strikeforce champion Gilbert Melendez, being both eliminated of the round. Team UFC ended up winning the tournament.[29]

Grappling IndustriesEdit

O'Malley also entered the 155lbs Advanced No gi division of Grappling Industries Pheonix on September 20th, 2020 and placed third in a seven-man division, only losing to the eventual winner, Robert Degle.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

O'Malley's grandmother is Irish.[31][32]

Together with his friend and head coach, Tim Welch, O'Malley is a co-host of their own podcast, The Timbo Sugarshow.[33] O'Malley has been an endorsed athlete of prominent combat sports brand, Sanabul,[34] since 2017. He was previously following a plant-based diet but has since gone back to incorporating meat into what he eats.[35]

O'Malley is an advocate for legalizing marijuana.[36]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 12 wins 1 loss
By knockout 8 1
By submission 1 0
By decision 3 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 12–1 Marlon Vera TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 252 August 15, 2020 1 4:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–0 Eddie Wineland KO (punch) UFC 250 June 6, 2020 1 1:54 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 11–0 José Alberto Quiñónez TKO (head kick and punches) UFC 248 March 7, 2020 1 2:02 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Performance of the Night.
Win 10–0 Andre Soukhamthath Decision (unanimous) UFC 222 March 3, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 9–0 Terrion Ware Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion Finale December 1, 2017 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Alfred Khashakyan KO (punch) Dana White's Contender Series 2 July 18, 2017 1 4:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 David Nuzzo KO (spinning hook kick) LFA 11 May 5, 2017 1 2:15 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 6–0 Irvin Veloz KO (punch) EB: Beatdown 20 March 18, 2017 1 2:34 New Town, North Dakota, United States
Win 5–0 Tycen Lynn KO (head kick) Intense Championship Fighting 26 October 21, 2016 2 2:57 Great Falls, Montana, United States Return to Bantamweight.
Win 4–0 Mark Coates Decision (unanimous) Intense Championship Fighting 23 November 7, 2015 3 5:00 Helena, Montana, United States Flyweight debut.
Win 3–0 Omar Avelar Submission (rear-naked choke) Intense Championship Fighting 20 August 21, 2015 1 2:55 Great Falls, Montana, United States
Win 2–0 Shane Sargent KO (punch) Intense Championship Fighting 19 July 3, 2015 1 2:03 Choteau, Montana, United States
Win 1–0 Josh Reyes TKO (punches) Intense Championship Fighting 17 March 6, 2015 1 1:33 Great Falls, Montana, United States Bantamweight debut.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sean O'Malley | UFC". Retrieved 2019-03-28.
  2. ^ a b Curt Synness (November 5, 2015). "Undefeated O'Malley to head MMA card". Helena Independent Record.
  3. ^ "Sean O'Malley Is Now A BJJ Purple Belt". BJJ Eastern Europe. May 21, 2019.
  4. ^ @sugaseanmma (May 6, 2019). ""💜 Thank you @timwelchmt and @tanquinhojj for the promotion (...)"". Retrieved August 18, 2020 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ "The Sugar Show: How far will top prospect Sean O'Malley go in the UFC?". 2017-11-29.
  6. ^ a b Okamoto, Brett. "UFC 248: Facial tattoos, smoking with Snoop ... meet star fighter Sean O'Malley".
  7. ^ "Sean O'Malley Delivers Highlight Reel Knockout of David Nuzzo at LFA 11?". 2017-05-05.
  8. ^ "Dana White's Contender Series 2 results: Sean O'Malley gets lone UFC contract for highlight-reel KO". 2017-07-18.
  9. ^ "Sean O'Malley vs. Terrion Ware booked for TUF 26 Finale in December". 2017-08-23.
  10. ^ "TUF 26 Finale results: Sean O'Malley stays perfect, impresses against gritty Terrion Ware". 2017-12-02.
  11. ^ "John Crouch on Mackenzie Dern's debut at UFC 222, Sean O'Malley's return". 2018-03-08.
  12. ^ "UFC 222 results: Sean O'Malley survives bad foot injury to top Andre Soukhamthath". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  13. ^ "UFC 222 bonuses: Brian Ortega, Alexander Hernandez easy choices for $50,000". MMAjunkie. 2018-03-04. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  14. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2018-08-13). "Sean O'Malley returns against Jose Quinonez at UFC 229". Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  15. ^ Marc Raimondi (2018-09-30). "Sean O'Malley announces he's failed USADA drug test, out of UFC 229". Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  16. ^ James Lynch (2018-10-24). "Sean O'Malley out four-months with scheduled hip surgery on Thursday". Retrieved 2018-10-26. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  17. ^ Staff (2018-11-14). "Sean O'Malley suspended six months, eligible to return on March 6". Retrieved 2018-11-14.
  18. ^ DNA, MMA. "IFW 2019 krijgt Marlon Vera vs. Sean O'Malley tijdens UFC 239 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  19. ^ Lee, Alexander. "Sean O'Malley announces withdrawal from UFC 239 after banned substances 'resurfaced'". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  20. ^ "Sean O'Malley accepts retroactive sanction for second USADA doping violation". MMA Junkie. 2020-01-10. Retrieved 2020-01-10.
  21. ^ Farah Hannoun and John Morgan (2020-01-03). "Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Quinonez moved to UFC 248 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  22. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-03-07). "UFC 248 Results: Sean O'Malley Returns in Style, Stops Jose Quinonez in First". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  23. ^ a b Dan Hiergesell (2020-03-08). "UFC 248 Bonuses! O'Malley Banks $50K For 'Prelims' TKO". MMAmania. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  24. ^ David Tees (May 21, 2020). "Report: Sean O'Malley Faces Eddie Wineland At UFC 250". Retrieved May 21, 2020.
  25. ^ Bryan Tucker (June 6, 2020). "UFC 250 Results: Nunes vs. Spencer". Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  26. ^ a b Anderson, Jay (2020-06-07). "UFC 250 Bonuses: No Fight of the Night, O'Malley, Garbrandt Among Winners". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  27. ^ Doherty, Dan (2020-07-11). "Sean O'Malley vs. Marlon Vera Booked Again for UFC 252". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  28. ^ Mitra, Anurag (2020-08-17). "Doctor details Sean O'Malley's freakish injury". Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  29. ^ Crider, Christian (2019-12-13). "Quintet Ultra Results". Grappling Insider. Retrieved 2020-06-07.
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  31. ^ Collins, Ben (August 14, 2020). "UFC 252: Sean O'Malley on his dog, his colourful hair and making Snoop Dogg go crazy". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  32. ^ Carroll, Peter (April 20, 2020). "Sean O'Malley: Fighting in Ireland 'will definitely happen,' but not likely in 2020". MMA Fighting. SBNation. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  33. ^ "Timbo Sugarshwo Podcast".
  34. ^ "Sanabul". 2017-09-01.
  35. ^ JRE Clips (5 June 2018). "Joe Rogan - Why MMA Fighter is No Longer Vegan" – via YouTube.
  36. ^ "Rising UFC Star Sean O'Malley Punches Pads And Smokes A Joint At The Same Time".

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