If the flying knees, head kicks and shutting proper hand that ended Alfred Khashakyan’s night time on July 18 didn’t get battle followers on board the Sean O’Malley bandwagon, seeing the Montana native leap on the highest of the Octagon after his stroll off knockout to yell, “Welcome to the Sugar Present” in all probability did the trick.

It was a memorable second for a 22-yr-previous who wrote on his bio type earlier than week two of Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contender Collection that he started preventing “To turn into self-assured.”

So has preventing given “Sugar” Sean that confidence?

“Yeah, I feel slightly an excessive amount of typically,” he laughs. “Proper earlier than I received into highschool, I began boxing and I used to be all the time tremendous skinny and a bit dude, however yeah, I’m self-assured for positive.”

On a collection that’s quickly introducing UFC followers to fighters which will very nicely rule the game within the coming years, O’Malley would be the most intriguing. Nonetheless tremendous skinny with a mop of curly hair that makes him stand out from the gang, the bantamweight prospect continues to set himself aside with an unorthodox type designed for one factor: to complete.

“I’m going into each struggle considering I’m gonna knock this dude out and it’s gonna be a spotlight reel end,” he stated. “My final two fights each went viral, and even earlier than the struggle I did an interview saying that’s what’s gonna occur, and that’s what occurred. It doesn’t matter if I’m preventing a wrestler or a striker, my aim isn’t simply to win, however to win by knockout. I don’t need to win a boring choice.”

Already eight-zero as a professional, O’Malley has 5 of these wins by knockout and one by submission. Add in that he’s a member of the famend MMA Lab group in Glendale, Arizona, and it’s clear that the world was going to listen to about him eventually. And whereas it was sooner because of the UFC contract he acquired after the win over Khashakyan, he was positive with later if that’s the best way the celebs have been going to align.

“I didn’t need to anticipate to get in sooner and never get in, so I made it a objective to get in once I’m 25ish,” he stated. “It’s not that I wasn’t prepared. I do really feel able to be within the UFC and I don’t assume I ought to struggle anyplace else. I simply didn’t need to say I need to be within the UFC by the point I’m 25 and never get in. In my head the entire time, I assumed really and truthfully that I used to be gonna be within the UFC at so much youthful age than 25. With the best way I struggle and the type and leisure I give the followers, I felt like I used to be gonna be within the UFC earlier.”

And with every passing win, O’Malley turned extra heads, so when he scored three consecutive knockouts main as much as his DWTNCS struggle, he felt he was prepared.

“I feel that’s coming from the work I’m placing in on the fitness center,” he stated. “I can undoubtedly really feel going right into a battle that I’m really assured I’m gonna knock this individual out and that’s from the work I’ve been placing within the final three and a half years I’ve been on the MMA Lab.”

The MMA Lab will be the good place for O’Malley as a result of he doesn’t simply get the work in with world class fighters, however he’s a part of a group the place every competitor is allowed to be themselves. How else do you clarify a various forged of personalities that ranges from Benson Henderson, Bryan Barberena and Drakkar Klose to Alex Caceres and Lauren Murphy? However as O’Malley factors out, head coach John Crouch wasn’t precisely on board with “The Sugar Present” early on.

“Once I first received to the MMA Lab, I used to be 19 years previous and I had the identical fashion I do proper now,” he stated. “Clearly it was not as technical and never as expert, however I had the identical fashion and I received a variety of s**t for it from Crouch. He truly hated my fashion and he informed me the primary couple occasions I used to be sparring, ‘Put your arms up or I’m gonna put somebody in there that makes you set your palms up.’

“So at first, it wasn’t like we didn’t get alongside, however he didn’t like my fashion and he didn’t like several of the flashy stuff. So me turning into profitable off of all that stuff undoubtedly opened his eyes to it too.”

And all is properly now, as evidenced by O’Malley’s displaying on DWTNCS, which took over social media and even obtained rapper Snoop Dogg tweeting a photograph with the caption, “Skinny boys. I am going to stroll down any alley wit o malley.”

That may usually result in a query of whether or not this 22-yr-previous can deal with the celebrity and the whole lot that follows together with being a UFC fighter. However as an alternative, it must be, “Is the world prepared for ‘The Sugar Present?’

“I feel I’m gonna shock lots of people,” O’Malley stated. “I get into the cage they usually look throughout from me and each man I struggle goes, ‘This child’s not gonna knock me out.’ I appear to be a thin little child with curly hair. Nobody needs to get knocked out by me. I feel I’ve to point out lots of people what I can do and the world’s gonna prepare for ‘The Sugar Present’ for positive.”