“Sugar” Sean O’Malley was someone that everyone had their eye on from the moment he stepped onto the scene during Dana White’s Contender Series back in 2017. His first-round knockout over Alfred Khashakyan is one that still makes the highlight reels today.
At UFC 292: Sterling vs O’Malley, he delivered one of his best performances to date, beating Aljamain Sterling by TKO in the second round at TD Garden in Boston. Take a look at the bantamweight champion's career highlights and how he made his rise to the top.
- Sean O’Malley first appeared on season two of Dana White’s Contender Series when he knocked out Alfred Khashakyan at 4:14 of the first round, earning a UFC contract that night.
- He made his UFC debut on December 1, 2017, against Terrion Ware, where he won by unanimous decision.
- “Sugar” has earned seven total fight night bonuses throughout his career, three Fight of the Night bonuses and four Performance of the Night bonuses.
- O’Malley is tied with Pedro Munzho for second most post-fight bonuses in UFC bantamweight division history.
Sean O’Malley Fight Highlights
UFC 250 – vs Eddie Wineland (June 6, 2020)
Talk about a highlight reel for the ages. This knockout is always brought up when O’Malley is discussed. It would be his first Performance of the Night bonus as he knocked out Eddie Wineland less than two minutes into round one.
Sean O'Malley | Greatest Hits
Unlock MORE of your inner combat sports fan with UFC Fight Pass! Fighting is what we live for. And no one brings you MORE live fights, new shows, and events across multiple combat sports from around the world. With a never-ending supply of fighting in every discipline, there’s always something new to watch. Leave it to the world’s authority in MMA to bring you the Ultimate 24/7 platform for MORE combat sports, UFC Fight Pass!
Sean O'Malley | Greatest Hits
Wineland fired off some of his own punches before O’Malley shot back, landing a right hand that sent Wineland to the canvas with no follow-up shots needed. This was a Knockout of the Year candidate from the moment it happened.
UFC 248 – vs Jose Quiñónez (March 7, 2020)
O’Malley returned to the Octagon in style after two years away, earning a first-round knockout over Jose Quiñónez, and his second performance bonus in a row. Within the first ten seconds of the fight, O’Malley threw a front kick that put Quiñónez in danger on the canvas. About halfway through the round, O’Malley threw a right head kick, followed by an uppercut as Quiñónez tried to go for the takedown. A couple ground strikes was all it took for the referee to call the fight and O’Malley to earn his third UFC win.
UFC 280 – vs Petr Yan (October 22, 2022)
This would be the one that would propel O’Malley to the top of the rankings, setting him up to face the champion. Many fans viewed this a controversial victory for O’Malley, who beat Yan by split decision.
O’Malley hurt Yan in the first round and cut him with a big knee in the third, which forced both of them to dig deep throughout the entire fight to remain engaged. It was a memorable fight, not only because of the decision, but also because of what was shown from both fighters.
Sean O’Malley’s UFC Record
UFC 292 (08/19/23) O’Malley stopped Aljamain Sterling via strikes at 0:52 of the second round to claim the UFC bantamweight title
UFC 280 (10/22/22) O’Malley won a three round split decision over Petr Yan
UFC 276 (7/2/22) O’Malley’s bout with Pedro Munhoz was declared a no contest at 1:51 of the second round when Munhoz was unable to continue after an accidental eye poke
UFC 269 (12/11/21) O’Malley stopped Raulian Paiva via strikes at 4:42 of the first round
UFC 264 (7/10/21) O’Malley stopped Kris Moutinho via strikes at 4:33 of the third round
UFC 260 (3/27/21) O’Malley knocked out Thomas Almeida at 3:52 of the third round
UFC 252 (8/15/20) O’Malley was stopped by Marlon Vera via strikes at 4:40 of the first round
UFC 250 (6/6/20) O’Malley knocked out Eddie Wineland at 1:54 of the first round
UFC 248 (3/7/20) O’Malley stopped Jose Quinonez via strikes at 2:02 of the first round
UFC 222 (3/3/18) O’Malley won a three round unanimous decision over Andre Soukhamthath
TUF 26 Finale (12/1/17) O’Malley won a three round unanimous decision over Terrion Ware
Dana White’s Contender Series, Season 1
Week 2 (7/18/17) O’Malley knocked out Alfred Khashakyan at 4:14 of the first round
What is Sean O’Malley’s record?
- Sean O’Malley’s record is 17-1, 1 NC.
What is Sean O’Malley’s age?
- Sean O’Malley is 28 years old.
How tall is Sean O’Malley?
- Sean O’Malley is 5’11.
What is Sean O’Malley’s reach?
- Sean O’Malley’s reach is 72 in.
Where is Sean O’Malley from?
- Sean O’Malley was born in Helena, Montana, but fights out of Phoenix, Arizona, and trains at the MMA Lab in Arizona.
What weight class is Sean O’Malley in?
- Sean O’Malley is in the UFC bantamweight division.
How many fights does Sean O’Malley have in his career?
- Sean O’Malley has 19 professional fights in his career. He started his professional MMA career in 2015.