Sean O’Malley promises he isn’t a sore loser.
Forward of his return to motion at UFC 260 this weekend, the well known bantamweight has touted himself as undefeated with hopes of relocating to 13- in his career as he prepares to face Thomas Almeida on the pay back-per-view key card.
There’s only one particular challenge — O’Malley’s document reads as 12-1 following he suffered a TKO defeat to Marlon Vera in his previous outing this previous Oct. The struggle ended after he fell to the floor with a leg injuries, and “Chito” Vera blasted him with punches till the referee known as a stop to the contest.
Now, 7 months later on, O’Malley claims his stance about remaining undefeated has almost nothing to do with the lousy blood he experienced with Vera major into that battle, or that he by some means just just can’t settle for defeat. Truth of the matter be told, O’Malley just does not sense like he was defeated.
“Eventually, I’m heading to lose – I’m not apprehensive about not shedding,” O’Malley told MMA Fighting through the UFC 260 media working day. “I do jiu-jitsu with some really superior folks, I practice with really fantastic individuals. I lose in the health and fitness center. Losing’s not that massive of a offer actually. A person of these days, I’m likely to lose a combat, and hopefully it is not heading to be due to an injuries. It’s going to be however it ends and it’s likely to be wonderful.
“The way I missing that final struggle, it wasn’t mainly because he was a better fighter, [or] he was far more qualified. How many leg kicks have been thrown from when that happened right up until now, and how many occasions has that took place wherever you got fall foot? He didn’t take me down. My leg totally gave out, and I landed on my back. It transpired like that, it is what it is, but it doesn’t impact me at all likely into this struggle. In my brain, [I’m] 12- coming off the Eddie [Wineland] struggle, and I’m in a superior spot. I’m mentally in a genuinely fantastic spot. I experience fantastic.”
Simply because O’Malley was an overnight sensation following attaining so substantially attention when signing up for the UFC roster by way of Dana White’s Contender sequence, anything he claims or does these times appears to be to finish up below a microscope.
When he was going into the struggle with Vera final calendar year, O’Malley was currently being touted as a long run title contender many thanks to his previous performances and the assurance he showed in contacting for more substantial and much better opposition from the bantamweight division.
The decline to Vera was clearly a setback, but his attitude toward the struggle has seemingly rubbed some individuals the improper way. O’Malley, although, guarantees he’s just providing his genuine impression about the problem, whether or not you like it or not.
“Losing a fight to me, it’s not a major offer,” he spelled out. “I know I got a large amount of criticism for handling my last loss, but it is just simply because you men check with me inquiries and I solution it.
“You fellas inquire me how I come to feel? I’m like I truly feel undefeated. Then you guys say ‘be you,’ and I’m like Alright, I feel undefeated. Then they are like, ‘No, really do not be by yourself, act like you can handle a reduction.’ I really don’t indicate you of course, just men and women in general.”
O’Malley’s outspoken demeanor coupled with his style inside the cage has reworked him into just one of the most talked about fighters in the sport, but that amount of popularity also brings a large amount of expectations.
None of that would seem to bother O’Malley, nevertheless, as he just brushes off each the praise and the criticism even though staying focused on the real endeavor at hand.
“The only time it at any time even arrives in my mind is when you men request me that question,” O’Malley stated. “I’m going in there, I currently set in the work. Whichever comes about Saturday night’s likely to materialize. So I just allow it stream. My anticipations of what is heading to take place, we’ll see. I plan on likely in there and using him out and winning. If that doesn’t transpire, I’ll dwell to fight yet another working day. It is not the conclusion of the earth.
“I was not truly employed to working with as well substantially dislike, but I also know the men and women that are executing that, they are possibly working with some stuff mentally. There is no person which is carrying out too fantastic in daily life which is coming on there conversing sh*t. It has not actually impacted me way too a great deal, but it would be good to go out there and show the silly people that they are stupid.”