The newcomer admits training partner Eddie Alvarez played a “huge part” in him putting pen to paper with the organization after his rumored debut earlier this year in his native Philly.
Now, Brady looks forward to making a huge splash in Beantown this weekend.
“It’s been a rollercoaster,” Brady told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “It’s been some of my highest highs and and some of my lowest lows. I defended my belt for CFFC, and about two weeks later, I pretty much thought I was just going to be defending my belt again.”
As Brady recalled, things started looking up when he received a call from former UFC lightweight champion Alvarez.
“Eddie, he’s from Philly, and I know Eddie pretty well,” Brady said. “He called me and we were setting up some training because he was getting ready for one of his [ONE Championship] fights. We were just setting up training and he was like, ‘Man, you haven’t got signed yet?’ I told him, ‘I’m just waiting to see what’s up.’
“We hung up the phone, and I was driving to go train, and Eddie starts sending me screenshots of him talking to Dana [White]. Sure as sh*t, I got a contract the next day. All of my hard work is what got me here, but Eddie is a huge part of me being signed. I can’t thank Eddie enough.”
Although there was talk of Brady getting the call-up to the UFC earlier, he thinks it his debut couldn’t have come at a better time now that he’s established himself with a 10-0 record.
“It all worked out the way it was supposed to work out,” Brady said. “A lot of people were trying to get me signed earlier on in my career when I was 5-0. I knew I wasn’t ready, (and) I wanted to get some more experience. I feel like at 10-0, I’ve got the perfect amount of experience, and I’m good enough to fight anyone in the welterweight division and beat them. A lot of people are going to be surprised by what I do in the UFC.”
Brady expects to be one of the big stars from this weekend’s card at TD Garden, but he’s under no illusion about the difficulty of his first test against McGee.
“Court is the toughest guy I’ve ever fought,” Brady said. “He’s a grinder, he’s a gamer and he’s been in the UFC longer than I’ve been a professional fighter. He’s got a lot more experience than me. But I’ve been training with some of the best guys at welterweight, middleweight and at 205 for a long time. I can hold my own and do even better than hold my own. I know what I can bring to the table, no one has just seen it yet.”
Check out Sean Brady’s appearance on Eurobash. His interview begins at 1:12:00.