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Sean O’Malley saw himself getting a big walk-off knockout at UFC 250.
Not every fighter predicts they’ll get a knockout victory, not everyone can foresee it ahead of time and so few fighters have mastered the art of the walk-off knockout. But Sean O’Malley says he saw himself winning in such a fashion as he did at UFC 250.
In a night filled with big finishes, O’Malley scored one of the most memorable from UFC 250, when he opened the main card with a first-round knockout of former WEC champion and UFC interim title challenger Eddie Wineland.
Just under two minutes into the bout, O’Malley landed a major right hand that dropped Wineland out cold. As Wineland hit the mat, O’Malley simply walked away, knowing very well he just ended the fight and doing what he set out to do that night.
“I’ve been walking-off knocking people out since 16,” O’Malley said in a post-fight interview. “I expected a nice little walk-off knockout.”
Sean O’Malley shined once again in his young career
After a two-year layoff thanks to injury and run-ins with USADA, O’Malley returned to the Octagon at UFC 248 in March with a nearly-as-quick first-round finish of Jose Alberto Quinonez.
But Wineland is undoubtedly the most experienced opponent O’Malley has ever had, and with the UFC 250 win, while there are other bantamweights much closer to the top of the ranks, O’Malley feels he has put the UFC’s 135-pound division on notice.
“I think I really got to show that I’m as high-level as I keep saying I am and I’m as good as I say as I am. During the interviews, I say I’m really, really good; I’m high-level. I think people are kind of starting to see that.”
UFC 250 took place on Saturday, June 6, 2020 live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
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