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Sean O’Malley: I won’t fight ‘better guys’ unless the UFC pays me more

Sean O’Malley isn’t willing to take on higher-ranked contenders unless he gets paid the amount he wants.

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Sean O’Malley is being groomed to be one of the future stars in the UFC. Currently undefeated with an 11-0 record, the Dana White Contender Series alum will be facing former WEC champion Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 on June 6.

A win for “Sugar” Sean would bring him a notch or two up the 135-pound ladder. But O’Malley isn’t rushing to make the climb, as his current priorities revolve around making better money.

“I’m honestly not in a hurry,” O’Malley said on The Luke Thomas Show (transcript by MMA Mania). “It depends how much the UFC, if they’re gonna pay me what they pay me now I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, I’ll fight other guys.’

“If you want to pay me more money to fight better guys, I’ll fight the better guys. But I’m not going to fight the better guys right now with the money you’re paying me right now. It just doesn’t make sense from a business perspective.

“From a fighter’s mind, I want to obviously fight the best guys in the world,” he added. “I want to be champ. But in a business mindset, it’s like, ‘Okay, you’re going to pay me this amount, I’m gonna fight someone that’s not the best in the world right now.’ So it totally depends on what the UFC wants to pay.”

O’Malley returned to action after a two-year layoff against Jose Alberto Quiñonez at UFC 248 in March. The popular 25-year-old’s disclosed pay for that bout was $35,000 to show and $35,000 to win. He won via first round TKO and earned a $50,000 bonus for Performance of the Night.