UFC: Sean O’Malley Would Love To Fight In Ireland
UFC bantamweight prospect, Sean O’Malley, was born and raised in Montana, United States, but as you’ve probably guessed from his last name, he comes from Irish heritage. Which is one of the reasons why he would love to fight in Dublin, Ireland.
Speaking to MMA Fighting however, O’Malley said that he would rather fight during International Fight Week in July, than at UFC Dublin on August 15th.
“International Fight Week in Vegas is just too perfect of a card to miss out on. I’ve been saying, there’s one other place I would fight, and that’s Dublin. That would be insane, just as insane as fighting on [Fight Island]. It would be so fun. It’ll happen. I’m 25 years old, I’ve got a long time and a lot of fights left in me. I think it will definitely happen. If the card is right and the opponent is right, it will happen, there’s no doubt about it.”
That being said, O’Malley didn’t completely dismiss the idea of competing at UFC Dublin.
“Who knows? I’m not going to say yes or no. We’ll just have to see how things pan out.”
O’Malley recently said he wants to follow in Conor McGregor’s footsteps, and fighting in front of the Irish fans would certainly tick one box.
“I get a little crap for that like, ‘You’ve never been to Ireland,’ and I haven’t and I would love to go, but my last name is O’Malley and I am Irish and how could you not love the Irish fans? Especially after watching all of Conor’s fights. When he comes to Vegas, the whole crowd is Irish – how could I not embrace those Irish fans? It’s not even a business move. I just love to connect with my fans, and when you see a group of people like that, it’s just awesome that I can be a part of that in some way.”
‘Sugar’ Sean may be disappointed this year however. UFC president has recently stated that International Fight Week, usually held in Las Vegas every July, is likely to not go ahead this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. And in the last day, the Irish government has announced that mass gatherings of over 5,000 people will be banned until September 1st. Putting UFC Dublin in serious doubt.
Despite only having only three fights under his belt inside the Octagon, Sean O’Malley is one of the most popular fighters on the UFC roster. He finished his last opponent José Alberto Quiñónez in spectacular fashion last month at UFC 248.