From getting tattooed by controversial rapper 6ix9ine to ‘dope threesomes’ in open relationship and trying to be bigger than Conor McGregor


UFC president Dana White has tipped Sean O’Malley to become a ‘global superstar’ if he beats former bantamweight champion, Petr Yan, this weekend.

On Saturday, ‘Sugar’ will face the toughest test of his career when he squares off against Yan in a title eliminator at UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi.

‘Sugar’ O’Malley is a colourful character

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‘Sugar’ O’Malley is a colourful character

UFC 280 is one of the strongest cards of 2022

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UFC 280 is one of the strongest cards of 2022

One look at O’Malley and it becomes clear why he is one of the most recognisable people in the UFC and on the verge of superstardom.

The 27-year-old tattoo-covered contender changes the colour of his hair and how it is styled every fight to stand out from his peers – and it is certainly working.

O’Malley is one of the most popular fighters on the roster even though he is yet to pick up a win over anyone in the top 15 during his entertaining five-year UFC run.

The 14-1 fighter suffered a first-round knockout loss in his first true test when he injured his foot before being stopped inside five minutes by Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera at UFC 252 in August 2020.

Since then, he’s had three knockout wins over modest opponents and a no-contest with perennial contender Pedro Munhoz who took an inadvertent eye poke and was unable to continue their UFC 276 fight in July.

Doubts remain about O’Malley’s ability to become a true title contender but the man himself is confident he has what it takes to become a champion and displace Conor McGregor as the biggest star in the MMA.

‘Sugar’ is a big fan of McGregor but believes he can be a bigger star

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‘Sugar’ is a big fan of McGregor but believes he can be a bigger star

The 27-year-old has lots of famous friends including Snoop Dogg

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The 27-year-old has lots of famous friends including Snoop Dogg


“I will be bigger than Conor [McGregor] 100 per cent. The UFC has grown massively in the last two years,” O’Malley told talkSPORT ahead of UFC 276.

“The amount of eyeballs when Conor was building his way up was half what it is right now. So, if I continue to do what I do, there’s no reason I’m not twice as big as Conor.”

When he’s not chasing glory in the Octagon, O’Malley is using his newfound fame to strike up friendships with the likes of Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg, YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul and controversial rapper 6ix9ine.

The rainbow-haired rapper – real name Daniel Hernandez – has been convicted of sexual misconduct, racketeering conspiracy, firearms offences and drug trafficking.

6ix9ine was facing 47 years in jail before he began cooperating with law enforcement and his sentence was reduced to just two years.

Last year, 6ix9ine struck up a friendship with O’Malley which was cemented when the Brooklyn-based musician tattooed his name on the MMA fighter’s back after they partied together in Miami.

‘Suga’ watched UFC 265 in Houston with Tekashi 6ix9ine

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‘Suga’ watched UFC 265 in Houston with Tekashi 6ix9ine

O’Malley and his long-time partner have an open relationship

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O’Malley and his long-time partner have an open relationship

As well as being a top bantamweight contender and friend to many famous faces, the UFC 280 star is a long-time partner to Danya Gonzalez and the father of a little girl called Elena who was born in 2020. 

Unsurprisingly, O’Malley has a unique relationship with Gonzalez which he spoke openly about during a recent appearance on the Full Send podcast.

“Everyone’s definition of an open relationship is different. I like to think of ours as just an open-minded relationship where we don’t own each other,” he said.

“I don’t own her, and she doesn’t own me. When I first met Danya, I told her, ‘I don’t know why anyone would f** the same chick for the rest of their life, I can’t do that.’

“So, she knew she wasn’t in love with a phony me. We’ve had some dope threesomes. Every relationship should be okay with it, that just needs to happen.”

O’Malley is certainly a unique character and it’s easy to see why the UFC boss has such high hopes for him. But he face’s the not-so-easy task of beating Yan before he can reach the superstar status he has been dreaming of.