What was supposed to be Sean O'Malley's turning point in his possible ascent from....

promising prospect to challenger for the bantamweight belt ended with more questions than answers....

O'Malley, a rising star with a sizable fan base outside the Octagon, was never able to get into an attacking rhythm....

due to the dearth of action and both fighters' high levels of calmness and patience...

For a fight that showed a lot of animosity between the two during fight week press briefings, the outcome was mainly underwhelming....

In his first step-up bout since losing to Marlon Vera in 2020, O'Malley hoped to get praise from the critics...

The Montana native, who competes out of Phoenix, Arizona, stopped all three of his opponents right after Vera...

but he stated he would only take on a top-10 opponent if the UFC compensated him in line with his perceived worth.....