“Was knocking out people when I was 16,” Sean O’Malley recounts dominating gym partners at an astonishingly young age

In a recent interview, UFC bantamweight champion Sean O'Malley talked about knocking people out when he was 16 years old.

“Was knocking out people when I was 16,” Sean O’Malley recounts dominating gym partners at an astonishingly young age

Sean O'Malley recounts knockout stories ( Image via Imago )

Sean O’Malley had an incredible journey from his teenage years to becoming a notable figure in the UFC. In a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, he reflected on his early prowess in delivering knockout performances.


The host, Charlamagne tha God, questioned O’Malley on what got him into fighting. He reflected on a common trait of young fighters who, at some point in their life got into a lot of fights. Then, they decided to focus that energy to get into combat sports. Sean O’Malley replied to this by saying:

For me I love competition, I love the competitiveness of just sports in general. When I started boxing I was just a natural...it just came real natural for me...I'm from Montanna, there's no real good gyms in Montanna, so we'd go to gym and I'd spar and...was taking fights, knocking people out when I was 16 years old.
Sean O’Malley via The Breakfast Club.

O’Malley began his career by fighting his first five matches in Montana before expanding to North Dakota. O’Malley has previously credited growing up in Montana as a significant factor in his UFC success. He emphasized its role in molding his identity and contributing to his achievements in the sport.

Sean O’Malley is set to face Marlon “Chito” Vera in a rematch at UFC 299 in March 2024. The first fight between O’Malley and Vera ended controversially, with O’Malley claiming an injury hindered him. The fight will take place in March of 2024. Meanwhile, the venue is yet to be decided.


Sean O’Malley wants to be the biggest name in sports by 2024

Sean O’Malley recently declared his ambition to become the “biggest name in sports” by the end of 2024. O’Malley expressed confidence in ending 2024 as the most prominent figure in sports. He emphasized his commitment to achieving this goal spectacularly.

Aljamain Sterling Sean O'Malley
Sean O’Malley defeated Aljamain Sterling to become new Bantamweight Champion ( Image source: Twitter )

He aimed for sports superstardom while maintaining an undefeated record throughout the year. O’Malley said he would become the biggest name in sports at the end of 2024. He aims to defeat Chito Vera in early 2024 and defend the bantamweight title once again. With Israel Adesanya on a hiatus and Jon Jones nearing retirement, O’Malley could emerge as the biggest name in MMA other than Conor McGregor.

In August 2023, O’Malley became the bantamweight champion by winning the belt in a significant fight against Aljamain Sterling. O’Malley has had a total of 19 professional fights. He showcased impressive skills that led him to the top of the bantamweight division. O’Malley boasts a professional record of 17 wins, one loss, and one no-contest along with the UFC championship belt at the age of 29.

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