Sean O'Malley
Sugar

USA

Booked for UFC 252
BantamweightUFC
July 11, 2020
O'Malley will take on Marlon Vera at UFC 252 on Aug. 15, Danny Segura of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley and has been feuding via social media with Vera in recent weeks and the two young bantamweights are finally slated to meet in the octagon. They were originally scheduled to fight in early 2019 at UFC 239, but it ultimately fell through. The 25-year-old recently returned from a two-year layoff and has won two fights since.
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Scores legendary walk-off KO
BantamweightUFC
June 6, 2020
O'Malley defeated Eddie Wineland via KO (punch) at 1:54 of Round 1 at UFC 250 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was arguably the most impressive walk-off victory in UFC history. After a minute-plus of the two men feeling each other out, O'Malley uncorked a single right hand that sent Wineland into another galaxy. There are very few 135-pound fighters walking the planet today who can do what O'Malley did Saturday. The undefeated 25-year-old Montana native has gotten a ton of hype over the past year, and it's all well deserved. "Suga" is firmly in the title conversation at bantamweight despite having all of four UFC fights under his belt. There is a massive fight on it's way, although he's been one of the many fighters of late to openly voice issues about his current UFC contract. At the very least, he'll walk away with an extra $50,000 for this one after being awarded Performance of the Night honors.
To return at UFC 250
BantamweightUFC
May 21, 2020
O'Malley will take on Eddie Wineland in a bantamweight matchup at UFC 250 on June 6, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley came off a long layoff to defeat Jose Quinonez in impressive fashion in March, and despite suffering a potential foot injury, it appears he's been cleared and will meet his goal of a summer return. One of the exciting young prospects at 135 pounds, O'Malley will enter this bout with a four-inch advantage in height and three-inch advantage in reach. He also has advantages in striking volume and offensive wrestling, albeit over a much smaller sample size of fights. Wineland last competed in June of 2019, snapping a two-fight losing streak after stopping Grigorii Popov in the second round.
Eyeing summer return
BantamweightUFC
April 16, 2020
O'Malley (foot) said Wednesday in an interview with Farah Hannoun of USA Today that he hopes to book his next fight at some point during the summer.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley mentioned that he previously made himself available for the now-postponed UFC 249 event that had been scheduled for the upcoming weekend, an indication that he feels comfortable with his health after he received a medical suspension due to the left foot injury he sustained in early March during his win over Jose Alberto Quinonez at UFC 248. With UFC events expected to remain on hiatus through at least May, O'Malley may not book a fight until concerns about the coronavirus pandemic subside, but he suggested that he wants to put his undefeated record on the line no later than July.
Must get foot injury examined
BantamweightUFC
March 9, 2020
O'Malley is facing a potential 180-day medical suspension pending medical clearance of a left foot injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley seemed to emerge relatively unscathed following his Performance of the Night-winning effort against Jose Quinonez, but that may not be the case following post-fight medicals. While the UFC likely wants to get the highly-marketable asset back in the Octagon as soon as possible, the Nevada Athletic Commission will make him get clearance from an orthopedic doctor if he wishes to compete prior to Sept. 4.
Brilliant effort after long layoff
BantamweightUFC
March 7, 2020
O'Malley defeated Jose Quinonez via TKO (strikes) at 2:02 of Round 1 at UFC 248 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
That guy hadn't fought in two years? In his return from an extended layoff, O'Malley looked as sharp as ever. Facing a clearly inferior opponent who couldn't match his accuracy or power on the feet, O'Malley easily picked Quinonez apart. He looked calm and composed in his return to action and displayed zero signs of Octagon rust. This result was a best-case scenario for the UFC. O'Malley is already a popular fighter and is a potential future superstar, who will also walk away $50,000 richer via a Performance of the Night bonus. An easy, dominant victory like this one allows the company to market him even more, in addition to having him competing again in short order (given the fact he didn't absorb any punishment Saturday). Expect to see O'Malley back in action sooner rather than later.