Sean O'Malley
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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.
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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.
Accepts six-month suspension
BantamweightUFC
January 9, 2020
O'Malley accepted a six-month suspension from the USADA on Thursday, retroactive to August, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley had two positive tests for a performance-enhancing substance in August, but the USADA found that the substance wasn't used intentionally. As a result, he'll only be suspended for six months and will regain eligibility Feb. 6. The 25-year-old is scheduled to take on Jose Quinones at UFC 248 on March 7.
Fight moves to UFC 248
BantamweightUFC
January 5, 2020
O'Malley (suspension) will take on Jose Quinonez at UFC 248 in Las Vegas on March 7, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
O'Malley was initially set to return from suspension for UFC 247 on Feb. 8 after testing positive for a banned substance, but the bout has been moved to March. Quinonez has won five of his last six fights, while O'Malley has won his only two UFC appearances.