Sean O'Malley
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July 10 bout set
BantamweightUFC
May 3, 2021
O'Malley will take on Louis Smolka in a bantamweight bout at UFC 264 on July 10, Ryan Frederick of WrestlingObserver.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley is coming off a knockout of Thomas Almeida back on March 27. He was able to bounce back after his first professional lost last August to Marlon Vera when he suffered a lower leg injury. O'Malley will hope to push his record to 14-1 in July.
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Bounces back with easy win
BantamweightUFC
March 27, 2021
O'Malley defeated Thomas Almeida via KO (punches) at 3:52 of Round 3 at UFC 260 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a dominant victory for O'Malley and ended with a highlight reel knockout, but it could have been a much, much easier night at the office had he played his cards correctly. Blessed with an overwhelming technical advantage on the feet, O'Malley clocked Almeida with a knee flush to the face in Round 1. Almeida was clearly stunned and O'Malley almost certainly would have earned the stoppage had he unloaded some follow up shots, but he instead peeled off assuming he had a walk-off win under his belt. It didn't happen, at least not at that time. O'Malley is the type of fighter who wants to put on a show inside the Octagon. It didn't burn him here, but he has to stay aggressive if an opportunity to end a bout presents itself. This was an excellent rebound effort on the heels of O'Malley's first career loss (to Marlon Vera) last August. He'll also go home with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus.
Facing Almeida in March
BantamweightUFC
February 2, 2021
O'Malley (lower leg) will fight Thomas Almeida in a bantamweight bout at UFC 260 on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley suffered his first professional defeat and a lower leg injury in August at the hands of Marlon Vera, but he's set to return to the Octagon in March. Almeida is also coming off a loss via unanimous decision to Jonathan Martinez during October.
X-rays negative, MRI on tap next
BantamweightUFC
August 17, 2020
O'Malley has no fractures in his injured leg but he will require an MRI, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
X-rays came back negative, but O'Malley still needs further testing once the swelling goes down. O'Malley took his first professional loss Saturday against Marlon Vera. Once the results of the MRI are released, there will be a firmer timetable on when O'Malley can return to the Octagon. If he is unable to clear with a doctor, O'Malley will face a 180-day medical suspension putting him out until 2/12/2021.
Injury leads to first pro loss
BantamweightUFC
August 15, 2020
O'Malley lost to Marlon Vera via TKO (strikes) at 4:40 of Round 1 at UFC 252 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
"The Sugar Show" was derailed by a lower leg/ankle/foot injury. O'Malley was in firm control in the early going of Round 1 before he appeared to suffer the injury with almost exactly two minutes remaining in the first frame. The fight was over shortly thereafter. O'Malley attempted to push forward, and his leg/ankle/foot appeared to give out. He hobbled around for a while attempting to disguise it before inviting Vera to the ground. That alone should tell you how bad he was injured. He ate a couple big elbows, but the stoppage from referee Herb Dean appeared early. Perhaps he recognized O'Malley was injured and was trying to protect him. O'Malley was in a ton of pain and didn't put up any argument. He was eventually stretched from the Octagon. We'll have to wait for an official diagnosis, but it appears to be a potentially serious injury. It's a shame that this is how O'Malley suffered his first professional loss, but he won't be turning 26 years of age until October and will undoubtedly be back and better than ever in the future.
Booked for UFC 252
BantamweightUFC
July 11, 2020
O'Malley will take on Marlon Vera in a bantamweight matchup 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.