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Sean O'Connell

Sean "The Real OC" O'Connell
  • Name: Sean O'Connell
  • MMA Record: 17-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Real OC
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1983.09.02
  • Last Fight: December 09, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.6 lbs
  • Affiliation: Jeremy Horn's Elite Performance
  • Height: 6'1" (185cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $188,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Sean O'Connell MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO
2:36 Round 2 of 3, 7:36 Total

Us Corey Anderson
17-8-0 8-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.12.09
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.6 lbs (93.3 kgs) | Referee: Todd Anderson
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Steve Bossé
17-7-0 11-2-0

Ca UFC Fight Night 89: MacDonald vs. Thompson
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.06.18
Odds: +110 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#10 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC Fight Night 89 Fight of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:30 Round 1 of 3

Se Ilir Latifi
17-6-0 10-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.01.17
Odds: +230 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $18,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
#27 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
Cancelled Bout Misha Cirkunov UFC UFN 74 2015.08.23
Reason: O'Connell Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:56 Round 1 of 3

Au Anthony Perosh
16-6-0 15-8-0

Au UFC Fight Night 65: Miocic vs. Hunt
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.05.09
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Greg Kleynjans
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:11 Round 3 of 3, 12:11 Total

Us Matt Van Buren
15-6-0 6-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.01.18
Odds: -205 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Gary Forman
#47 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2015
UFC Fight Night 59 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gian Villante
15-5-0 11-5-0

Nz UFC Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.06.28
Odds: +240 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Peter Hickmont
UFC Fight Night 43 Fight of the Night
Cancelled Bout Victor Valimaki MFC 40 2014.05.09
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
4:27 Round 1 of 3

Ca Ryan Jimmo
15-4-0 18-3-0

Ca UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Kennedy
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.04.16
Odds: +500 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night Performance of the Night
Win | Submission | Choke
1:49 Round 1 of 3

Ca Markhaile Wedderburn
14-4-0 11-10-0

Ca MFC 39: No Remorse
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.01.17
Weigh-In: 205.4 lbs (93.2 kgs) | Referee: Kyle Cardinal
Cancelled Bout Victor Valimaki MFC 39 2014.01.17
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Marvin Eastman
13-4-0 18-14-1

Us Showdown Fights 12: Buchholz vs. Collard 2
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.09.28
Weigh-In: 203.5 lbs (92.3 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | KO/TKO
0:17 Round 3 of 3, 10:17 Total

Us Chris Guillen
12-4-0 13-13-0

Us Showdown Fights 9: Lightweight Championship
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.11.16
Cancelled Bout James Irvin Showdown Fights 8 2012.08.25
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
0:36 Round 1 of 3

Us Kip Ramos
11-4-0 4-0-0

Us Showdown Fights 7: Uprising
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.05.04
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Trevor Carlson
10-4-0 6-0-0

Us Showdown Fights 6: Breakout
Main Card | Heavyweight | 265 lbs

2012.02.24
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Ben Fuimaono

Us Fight King

2011.06.10
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Joseph Henle

Us Utah Regional

2010.11.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Tony King

Us Washington Regional

2010.07.24
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Dwight Parker

Us Utah Regional

2010.04.03
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Jordan Smith

Us Showdown Fights

2009.02.20
Win | Decision

Us Hank Weiss

Us Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night

2008.11.14
Loss | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
3:40 Round 1 of 2

De Shane Primm
6-2-0 2-0-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.21
Weigh-In: 204.0 lbs (92.5 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Hank Weiss

Us Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night

2008.04.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Lima Pule

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.12.01
Win | Decision | Majority

Us Lima Pule

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.11.10
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Us David Thomas

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.08.18
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes

Us Kevin Hill

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.07.14
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes

Us Eric Wenzel

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.06.16
Win | KO/TKO

Us Kenneth Wirfs

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.05.19
Win | KO/TKO

Us Jason Delrio

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2007.04.13

Sean O'Connell Wiki Update Wiki

APRIL 2007 - MAY 2008 

Sean O'Connell debuted in April 2007 with no prior fight training of any kind aside from attending a few cardio kickboxing classes.  He won his first two fights by KO in 0:36 & 0:37 seconds and his third fight by TKO in 1:24.  3 fights later and only 7 months into his MMA career, he was 5-1 and the Heavyweight Champion of Ultimate Combat Experience in his native Salt Lake City. 


At this point in his career, he finally decided to join a gym and train.  He got a sponsor to pay for his training at Jeremy Horn's Elite Performance.  He won one of his next two fights giving him a 6-2 record in under a year as a pro MMA fighter and under 6 months after joining an MMA gym and training.  One of the fighters at his gym, Nick Rossborough, had just been on The Ultimate Fighter 7 and was still in contact with the producers so upon hearing TUF 8 would have Light-Heavyweights he put in a good word for O'Connell.  Sean sent the producers a highlight reel of his fights, flew out to Boston to interview, and was selected.
Filming for TUF 8 started just 13 months after his pro debut and 6 months after joining a gym.  There were 32 participants fighting to get into the house, though O'Connell had never fought above 225 he only had one pro fight at Light-Heavyweight.  He faced Shane Primm to get into the house and lost via Rear Naked Choke at 3:40 of the 1st round.  With that, in May of 2008, his first experience with the UFC was over. 

 
JUNE 2008 - JANUARY 2012 

The former high-school wrestler and collegiate football player realized he'd only been in the sport for a year but it's hard not to go into TUF thinking you'll win and he took it especially hard that he didn't make it into the house.  He spent the next 3 1/2 years getting a basic education in all aspects of MMA, occasionally training at other gyms for brief periods like Matt Hughes' HIT Squad in Illinois to make him more well-rounded.  After going 6-2 and appearing on TUF in his first 13 months, he went 4-2 over the next 3 1/2 years fighting for Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night, World Championship Full Contact, United Fighting Organization, ZarMMA, and Fight King bringing his pro record to 10-4. 

 
FEBRUARY 2012 - FEBRUARY 2014 

He found his footing in the sport in 2012 & 2013 going 4-0 for Showdown Fights in Utah bringing his record to 14-4 and beating the likes of former UFC vet Marvin Eastman and future Bellator fighter Trevor Carlson.  Showdown Fights is one of the largest promotions in Utah and also was in syndication nationally through FOX Sports giving him the spotlight to shine and he won each fight against a higher level of competition than he'd faced with previous promotions but he showed he wasn't the same fighter he was a few years back.  His 5 fight winning streak caught the eye of the MFC matchmaker out of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  O'Connell agreed to fight on their January 17, 2014 card MFC 39 where he beat Markhaile Wedderburn by Rear Naked Choke in just 1:48 of the very first round.  This extended his winning streak to 6 and pro MMA record to 15-4 with 7 wins coming by (T)KO and 3 by Submission.  Of his 4 losses 2 had come via (T)KO and 2 via Submission.  In fights that went to a decision he stands an unblemished 5-0.  All 5 of his fights ending in Submission (3 wins, 2 losses) all were by Rear Naked Choke. 

 
MARCH 2014 - PRESENT 

Riding a 6 fight winning streak and with the last 5 in Showdown Fights/MFC, Sean had caught the eye of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva and when Steve Bosse pulled out of his Ultimate Fighter Nations fight on April 16, 2014 in Quebec City, Quebec with 4 weeks until the fight, Silva called O'Connell in mid-March knowing he'd just fought in Canada 2 months prior and offered him the spot against Ryan Jimmo (Another TUF 8 Light-Heavyweight who didn't make it in the house).  Now a few months shy of 6 years later they were set to fight on a UFC card!  Sean and Ryan got along fine as was evidenced by their light-hearted staredown after weigh-ins where they intertwined their arms and simultaneously took drinks from their post-weigh-in drinks.  Unfortunately for Sean, he was KO'd at 4:27 of the 1st round, earning Jimmo a Performance of the Night bonus award. 

 
Joe Silva always remembers when a fighter fills in on short notice and O'Connell's phone rang less than 2 months after the first call.  This time he was needed on 5 weeks notice filling in for the injured Anthony Perosh, June 28th, 2014 against fellow striker Gian Villante in Auckland, New Zealand for Ultimate Fight Night 43: Te Huna vs. Marquardt.  With an extra week to prepare, he's hoping it makes the difference and earns him a win and a scheduled UFC fight instead of another fill-in.  But you won't hear him complain, it's been over 6 years since his brief stint on TUF 8 and he's just happy to be back in the UFC at now 15-5 where he feels he belongs.  He's only 30, is at the highest level he's ever been trained for an MMA fight, and he feels he has a lot of fight in him for the Light-Heavyweights in the UFC starting with Villante now that he has his "official" Octagon debut finally under his belt.

Last updated 06.23.2014, 1:26 PM ET
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