Sean O’Malley, a UFC bantamweight contender, thinks that sooner or later, fans of mixed martial arts want to see another bout on the caliber of previous two-weight champion Conor McGregor. And he gets closer to that level of notoriety and praise with a win over former champion Petr Yan at UFC 280 in two weeks.
This month on “Fight Island,” Sean O’Malley, the current No. 12 ranked contender, is scheduled to compete in a high-profile main event matchup against former undisputed champion Yan in what might be a championship eliminator at 135 pounds.
Sean O’Malley shares how he can get closer to ‘Conor McGregor level’ fame
“Usually I’d say people are hoping I don’t win, but to be honest, I would say the majority of people that think I won’t win, actually want me to win,” Sean O’Malley said during an interview on DC & RC on ESPN. “People want a superstar. There’s really no one in the UFC right now that is that Conor (McGregor) level. Me, I go out there and beat Petr (Yan) in spectacular fashion, I’m climbing.”