Sean O'Malley
Sugar
Receives six-month suspension
BantamweightUFC
November 14, 2018
O'Malley (hip) was handed a six-month suspension retroactive to September due to a failed drug test, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley recently underwent right hip surgery in late October that left him with a timetable of around four months before he's able to get back in the ring. Due to this suspension, the earliest O'Malley will be able to fight again is March, which works out just fine when you factor in his injury. That being said, the 24-year-old is still awaiting word from the USADA on any potential punishment. O'Malley was forced to withdraw from UFC 229 due to his doping violation, so the "Sugar Show" hasn't fought since early March when he defeated Andre Soukhamthath in Las Vegas at UFC 222.
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Set for hip surgery
BantamweightUFC
October 22, 2018
O'Malley announced that he will undergo a procedure on his right hip Thursday, which is expected to sidelined him for about four months.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley referenced the fact that he is still "waiting on the USADA situation to get sorted out" regarding a potential doping violation that forced him out of UCF 229. It's relatively unclear when he suffered the hip issue, though the "Sugar Show" was recently working his way back from a fractured foot when he mistakenly took a prohibited substance. Expect a ruling on a potential suspension to be announced within the near future.
Out of UFC 229
BantamweightUFC
September 30, 2018
O'Malley announced Sunday that he will not fight at UFC 229 due to a potential doping violation.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley, who was set to make a return from foot surgery he underwent in March, said in his statement that he mistakenly took a prohibited substance that triggered the violation. There's definitely precedent for these types of cases resulting in reduced suspensions, so if the tainted supplement has already been identified like O'Malley suggests, his chances of a favorable ruling seem good. O'Malley was scheduled to fight Jose Quinonez, and with the event just a week away, it's unclear at this time whether or not the UFC will be able to find a replacement.
Returns to action in October
BantamweightUFC
August 13, 2018
O'Malley (foot) has added a bantamweight fight against Jose Quinonez at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Shaun Al-Shatti of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley will return to the arena after undergoing surgery to repair a broken foot in late-March. He will put a career record of 10-0 on the line against Quinonez, who bested Teruto Ishihara in his previous bout in February. In O'Malley's most recent fight -- during which he suffered the foot injury -- he defeated Andre Soukhamthath via unanimous decision. O'Malley opened as roughly a (-230) betting favorite for this matchup, and has gained momentum with bettors since the announcement, growing to a (-330) favorite by late-September.
Targeting October comeback
BantamweightUFC
July 19, 2018
O'Malley (foot) is hopeful to return to competition at UFC 228 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley broke his foot in his last fight, but still held on in the third round for a victory over Andre Soukhamthath. He recently underwent surgery to correct the issue, and everything appears to be on track with his recovery. O'Malley has asked for a fight against Alejandro Perez on that card, but if the UFC grants him that wish, he would seemingly enter as the betting underdog.
To undergo surgery
BantamweightUFC
March 21, 2018
O'Malley will undergo surgery this week to address his foot injury and is expected to be out until the fall, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley, who is undefeated, suffered the injury during the first round of his bout against Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222, though ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision. Following the fight, however, he was unable to exit the cage under his own accord.