Sean O’Malley: “I Didn’t Know How To Fu*king Wrestle To Save My Life”

Sean O’Malley: “I Didn’t Know How To Fu*king Wrestle To Save My Life”

Everyone, no matter how good they are at their craft today, had to start – from the beginning. As total novice, without having a clue about what they’re doing.

That’s true for every single person, including professional MMA fighters. Such as Sean O’Malley.

“Sugar” started training in a kickboxing gym, but when he was 18 he decided to move and train with his current coach, Tim Welch.

And, well, O’Malley had a difficult time there when it came to grappling. He struggled a lot with it in the beginning, especially wrestling.
He shared a part of the story in the recent “FLAGRANT” episode:

I came down to Arizona. Literally for 10 days, every time I left practice I was crying.

When it came to wrestling, I didn’t know how to fu*king wrestle to save my life. Kickboxing I would do okay, I would do alright, but when it came to like grappling days… I had zero chance.

I would leave the gym fu*king crying.

“Sugar’s” grappling is excellent today, though. And not just when it comes to MMA fights, but also in regards to grappling tournaments – in which he periodically competes as well!

For example, he competed against Robert Deggle in a Grappling Industries event, and Degle had nothing but words of praise for him:

For Sean to compete in such an event demonstrates a very respectable desire to grow as a martial artist.

Realistically he had nothing practical to gain by doing this event. The man has over a million followers and is surely making bank in MMA. So why do the event?
We spoke afterwards and he explained that he simply loved JuJitsu.

I hope the experience of competing against me helps push him to further development as a martial artist.
I was a fan before but an even bigger one now.