Sean O’Malley was offered to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 268 on November 6 at Madison Square Garden but “Suga” announced he declined the fight.
Many were curious as to why O’Malley turned the fight down as Edgar is a big name and it would allow him to get into the top-10 of the division. However, he said the timing didn’t work out as he didn’t want to pay taxes in New York.
“I said what I said on ‘The BrOMalley Show,’ I got into some trouble,” O’Malley said in an interview with The Schmo (via MMAJunkie). “I had a conversation with Sean Shelby a couple of days after in person, in Houston at the fights. We’re good now. He didn’t like what I said. I didn’t like what he said. I feel like I’m in a position where if you want me to fight in New York, and I don’t want to fight in New York, I’m not gonna fight in New York. I’m in that position, and I had that conversation, and we’re good now.
“But yeah, I got offered a fight in New York against Frankie, and I said if Frankie wants to get whooped, he can get whooped in Vegas in December, a month later,” O’Malley continued. “They want Frankie to fight in New York, so they gave him ‘Chito’ (Vera). Getting the ‘Suga Show’ against Frankie would’ve been a great fight for me, but I’m not too worried about it.”
The hope for O’Malley is to return in December where the pay-per-view will likely be in Las Vegas. There is no opponent set or any talks of him even being on that card. But, Suga wants to get one more fight in this year and says he doesn’t care who is next as he’s ready to fight anyone.