“I started to understand, for example,” Damn, that’s right, “said O’Malley. “I watch all of my fights. I watch all of my workouts and study myself fairly deep, and I’ve been doing this for years. I think that alone, by studying myself, has helped a lot. “
Undefeated fighters often carry an aura of invincibility about them, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. But for O’Malley, he says he often remembers his own place in the world and the fleeting nature of life.
“I’m just grateful for what I have right now and knowing that all of this may go away tomorrow,” said O’Malley. “Someone you love could die tomorrow, so treat them well today.” Just learning stuff like that. I remember we’re all going to die. Remember to be happy with what I have and to be thankful, so there is a constant reminder. “
He’s still 25, though, and while he’s not prone to emotional outbursts when it comes to mixed martial arts, all someone needs to do to see what it might look like is to connect to one of his streams on Twitch. He joked that playing video games is an “ideal time” to practice calm, but at the end of the day, these reactions occur.
The return of the Sugar Show to UFC 248 marks the end of a difficult chapter for O’Malley. For as much mental control as he practices to maintain control and humility, that doesn’t mean he sells short. He makes his aspirations for the championship sound like a possibility, and so far he has shown no reason not to believe it.
Until he gets these high-level fights, however, he is content to resume a steady stream of activities and accumulate more images of himself to have fun and improve. Naturally, he would rather not have needed an absence of two years to find the time to work on his mental awareness, but he is satisfied with his journey and the way it gave him the time and space to prepare for an ascent in the ranking.
“I am certainly not perfect,” he said. “I take care of everything, all these things like everyone else. So yes, I feel like I’m doing a good job, but like I said, it’s a daily practice. “
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