The faces of MMA fighter Sean O’Connell August 23, 2016 photojournalism / the work Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake TribuneSean O’Connell works out at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Performance MMA in Sandy, Wednesday June 8, 2016. O’Connell was a walk-on linebacker at the University of Utah, too slow and undersized, who continued to pursue his dream of being a professional athlete through mixed martial arts. He likewise became a sports radio personality, working on a show in the Bay Area on which UFC President Dana White. O’Connell asked White, on air, if he could have a contract. White didn’t give him one. So O’Connell worked his way into a UFC contract the hard way, plowing ahead with a tough chin and hard strikes, while gaining a cult following on the Internet for his colorful weigh-in antics. Next week, in Ottawa, is a must-win fight for O’Connell as he vies to stay alive in the UFC. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window) Related Tags: 5 stars, august, august 23, best-photojournalism, composite, grids, mma, portrait, sandy, sports Continue Reading Previous PostJoao PlataNext PostStar Loans You Might Also Like Funeral for Gary “Gibb” Jensen August 22, 2007 Bus Driver February 18, 2002 Run Forrest Run November 2, 2007 Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.