Despite its legal status in numerous areas in the United States, marijuana is still generally a taboo among the great majority. In combat sports and MMA in particular, it is still considered a banned substance that when found in a fighter’s system, could mean major repercussions.
This fact does not stop many UFC fighters from showing their love for the magic herb. Brothers Nick and Nate Diaz, for example, are only two of the sport’s prominent names that have been the staple images of MMA fighters and cannabis use. Younger Diaz brother Nate even received a personalized bong after dealing Conor McGregor his first and only UFC loss at UFC 196 in March 2016.
Another young fighter today is seemingly keen on following the footsteps of the Diaz brothers. Rising undefeated bantamweight star Sean O’Malley has also been vocal about his cannabis use, and it can be seen through numerous posts on his Instagram page.
“Sugar” Sean was among the thousands in attendance during Saturday night’s fights during the UFC’s FOX Sports event in Glenadale, Arizona. Once the camera panned at his direction to give him a few seconds of exposure, the 23-year-old undefeated fighter made sure that it would be something that many would remember.
O’Malley posed in front of the cameras on national television with a rolled up joint on his mouth and was motioning as if he was going to like it. Sitting next to him was his teammate, fellow UFC fighter, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star Mackenzie Dern, who could not help but laugh and shake her head at what she was witnessing.
BAH GAWD Sean O’Malley channeling his inner Nate Diaz! 🧐 #UFCGlendale pic.twitter.com/pQ9LJzS3T5
— Mike Solano (@Solano66) April 15, 2018
In an interview with journalist Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of MMAFighting.com’s “The MMA Hour”, O’Malley explained how UFC producers were telling him he would be filmed, but he simply did not have a care in the world at all.
“I kept smiling at [UFC official] Heidi [Dean] who had just told us that we’re going to get on camera because I knew that she wasn’t going to be happy with me, but she wasn’t too mad,” O’Malley explained. “She was the one who said, ‘Okay, you guys are going to be on camera in 3,2,1,’ and I kept smiling at her but she didn’t know why, but I think she did then.”
O’Malley, who gained recognition through Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, currently holds a record of 10-0, with seven victories by stoppage. He last fought at UFC 222 where he defeated Andre Soukhamthath.