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Sean O’Malley Refuses to Serve as Backup Fighter for UFC 288: “Reschedule It”

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Sean O’Malley will not be part of the big upcoming fight between Aljamain Sterling and Henry Cejudo. The two fighters will battle for the bantamweight title in May at UFC 288, but O’Malley won’t be there as a backup fighter in case anything happens to either one of the fighters. He mentioned on his TimboSugarShow that he will not be taking this role.

I was trying to help Henry-Aljo, but it was not what I expected. We have only five minutes for each round during the camp and these made it hard for me to train as I thought that this unplanned fight was not my only opportunity. So now I just think ‘forget it’ and if anyone pulls out of the fight, let’s just reschedule it.

O’Malley is an UFC fighter and in October, he just won a very big match against Petr Yan which made him the number one best ranked bantamweight fighter. Even though O’Malley’s win was huge, he wants to wait until his time comes so that he can properly and completely prepare himself for it.

O’Malley said he needs a good eight week training period in order to get into the right shape and feel like an amazing person. During these weeks, you need to stay disciplined with yourself and make sure you stick to the plan. Once you finish the camp, however, you’ll feel stronger than ever because of the effort put into getting your body where it needs to be.

I was thinking to fight in UFC 288, but it’s only five weeks away so I’m not ready. Therefore, I’m deciding against being a backup fighter. That means that I won’t be fighting at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. on May 6.

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