After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his career, “The Unpredictable One” Sean Lally is Looking for a Big Win
Sean Lally (8-4 MMA) had a very successful 2016-2018 year for his professional MMA career. Racking up an impressive 5-fight win streak, Lally looked unstoppable and was poised for a big appearance in the future. His time came when he received the call from Dana White’s Contender Series, to take on Chris Curtis (20-5 MMA). The match unfortunately ended as a third-round TKO loss for Lally, however the experience earned in that fight has shaped him into a much more complete MMA athlete.
I was on the red line in Boston. I got a text actually, from my head coach Mark DellaGrotte. There was a whole series of events that happened leading up to this…I met Dana White and pulled security for him at a night club that I worked at. I had a conversation with him and told him who I was and that I wanted to be on Contender Series. He told me to tell DellaGrotte to tell Sean Shelby to tell him that you and I spoke.
That night, Dana White informed Lally that the two would see each other in the summer. An unbelievable opportunity for Lally, who, at the time, didn’t think much of it. Fast forward a few months when Lally is training, staying in shape and he was offered Chris Curtis at middleweight. Lally knew that Curtis was a challenging opponent, being one of the best middleweights of the country. He, however, knew that when the opportunity came, he couldn’t refuse.
Learning from the Contender Series
As with all fights, getting the call, making weight, training is only half the battle. The other half is actually stepping into the cage to take on your opponent. In Lally’s match against Curtis, the fight was a big and forth war between both men. It wasn’t until the third round where Lally got hit by a head kick that the fight was stopped. Taking the experience in stride, Lally was able to learn more about himself and his skill set as now makes the comeback for the next opportunity to fight for the UFC.
The biggest takeaway I took from that experience is that I can hang with the top-level fighters in the country. Curtis was, without a doubt, the toughest opponent I faced to date. I was a huge underdog in that fight. There were a lot of people that thought I would get ran-through. Until he kicked me in the face, in the third round, you can make the argument that I was winning the fight. I think on the official judges scorecard we were 1-1. Then going into the third round it was really anybodies fight. It just showed me that I can hang with those top-level guys. It was a good experience. Overall, it gave me confidence and made me want to get better and continue.
Sean Lally has since competed in Bellator, where he suffered another loss. This is the first time in his career that Lally is on a two-fight losing streak. He is aware that to get another show at the UFC, he needs to string up a few wins to solidify his talents as a top middleweight. On April 6th, at Cage Titans 43, Sean Lally will be taking on Shedrick Goodridge in the main event.
In the Main Event, two heavy-handed brawlers face off when Middleweight Champion Sean Lally takes on friend and former training partner Shedrick Goodridge in a three round non-title fight. Lally was last seen fighting for a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series but unfortunately came up short so looks to return so he can build his resume back up and earn another crack at it. As for Goodrige, this will not be the first time he has journeyed up to New England to play the role of spoiler, as he has picked up huge upset wins over two former Top 5 fighters in prior trips to the area.
Watch the entire interview by clicking on the video above, where FightBook MMA’s Sasha Moks was able to speak with Lally, unfiltered, for 25 minutes.