Sean O’Malley is expected to remain with UFC in the near future.
The bantamweight contest, who started on Dana White s Contender Series ,, has signed an eight-fight extension to his contract with the UFC.
UFC President Dana White made the announcement on Saturday. O’Malley confirmed the deal via his podcast ,, which he also recorded. O’Malley previously stated that he would now act as his manager.
” I got a very generous contract that makes me proud,” O’Malley stated. “I got a number that I’m very happy with. I truly don’t think any manager that I had could have went in there and got me what I got. That also helps with the relationship built with the UFC. This contract feels like it has been earned. I feel like I have earned the amount that I’m getting paid.”
Locking down O’Malley to a long-term deal makes a lot of sense for the UFC, especially as the 28-year-old fighter nears title contention following his win over ex-bantamweight champion Petr Yan this past October.
O’Malley has quickly become one of the UFC’s most marketable stars while steadily rising up the ranks at 135 pounds with an 8-1 record with one no-contest through 10 fights with the organization. He’s currently riding a five-fight unbeaten streak with his only loss in the UFC coming via TKO to Marlon “Chito” Vera back in 2020.
All signs point to O’Malley getting a title shot in the next fight. However, that will depend on Aljamain Sterling’s return as UFC bantamweight champion. Sterling has set a May fight with Henry Cejudo. This means O’Malley could be sitting at least for the first half 2023, while he waits for his chance to win.
O’Malley has a UFC contract for the future and is waiting to be assigned his next fight.