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 Fans August 17, 2017 White Power January 17, 1991 Restoration of Jehu Cox home August 30, 1995 Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.