As we reported on Saturday, ICF amateur bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley has inked a three fight professional contract with Intense Championship Fighting.
O’Malley won the title and never lost it during his reign. A tipping point came this past week when after an exhausted search, O’Malley faced a really last minute opponent in Brandon Caldwell. O’Malley would take the win by triangle choke.
“Honestly, there just isn’t any competition for him in the amateur ranks anymore, ” ICF President Cory Smith told us. “His training at the MMA lab in Arizona has made him one of the most dangerous 135lb fighters in the country, and after discussion with his Coach John Crouch, Sean said its time. I was hesitant at first because he is so young, but he has proven both in the cage and out that he is ready for the pro ranks.”
Arizona’s MMA Lab, home of former UFC champion Benson Henderson and former InvictaFC champion Lauren Murphy, has been a training home for not only O’Malley, but for fellow Montana fighters Tim Welch and Leo Bercier.
Lead coach John Crouch agreed it was time to go pro, and after the past year with the fight team, O’Malley is prepared for what comes next.
“Being down at the lab Under John Crouch has literally changed me from being just a fighter to a mixed martial artist. I’m 100% a different fighter. If I never went down there , I wouldn’t be were I am now.”
O’Malley looks to fight 5-6 times next year and will make his pro debut at ICF 17 in February.
O’Malley’s amateur bantamweight title is now vacant, and ICF will crown a new champion hopefully in 2015.