Sean O’Malley, a person lengthy in comparison with Conor McGregor, resulting from his flamboyance and knockout energy, shares a card with the Irishman this weekend.
McGregor’s third struggle with Dustin Poirier headlines the UFC 264 card, however O’Malley may even tackle UFC newcomer Kris Moutinho.
Initially, O’Malley was set to satisfy Louis Smolka however his late withdrawal has meant Sugar Sean has needed to take a barely much less attractive struggle, however that doesn’t matter to him.
The 26-year-old has been in comparison with McGregor and he admits to taking inspiration from the Irishman’s rise, however scoffs on the thought he’s attempting to repeat him.
“I feel the primary time I watched him struggle was towards Max Holloway,” O’Malley stated through the UFC 264 media day.
“There’s simply one thing about him like, rattling, I wish to watch him struggle once more, I wish to proceed to look at. I’ve watched each single interview he’s ever executed. I’ve watched all of his fights, a number of occasions. I really like the best way he carries himself.
“Lots of people say that I attempt to be like Conor. You’ll be able to have two those that have related personalities. [People say], ‘Oh you attempt to costume like Conor, you attempt to struggle like Conor, you attempt to act like Conor, speak like Conor’ – that’s not true in any respect.
“I undoubtedly have taken bits and items and realized from him, which is the sensible factor to do. Be taught from somebody who’s that profitable and doing that properly.
“However yeah he’s undoubtedly impressed me a ton. The way in which he carries himself. The way in which he handles stress. The way in which he goes into these massive fights. I’ve realized loads from him.”
Numerous fighters at 135lbs have been gunning to face O’Malley and he’s acquired a variety of criticism throughout his UFC run. He attributes that to nothing greater than jealousy.
“[They’re] jealous,” O’Malley stated. “I feel a variety of the fighters don’t get the eye I get. I’m placing on lovely performances.
“It comes right down to the knockouts actually. Going again to the Alfred [Khashakyan] knockout, even earlier than that after I was within the UFC, after I fought David Nuzzo, that knockout went viral.
“It comes right down to the performances. Individuals are drawn to that. I feel it comes right down to the performances after which the outfits even. It’s simply little issues that get consideration.”
UFC president Dana White says UFC 264 is on the right track to smash all earlier pay-per-view information and extra celebrities than ever earlier than can be in attendance in Las Vegas. O’Malley has his finest likelihood but to develop his legend.
In his final three victories, he’s earned Efficiency of the Night time honours and the only real lack of his 13-1 document got here after he appeared to twist his ankle.