It sounds like “Suga” Sean O’Malley could be back in our lives quite soon.
O’Malley, who has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in the talent-packed bantamweight division, last fought at UFC 222, when he picked up a decision win over Andre Soukhamthath. While this win was impressive, it did come with a catch: he badly injured his foot in the third round, to the point that he was just about immobile by the time the fight ended.
In the wake of this fight, we didn’t need to be told that O’Malley would be out for some time, as he dealt with this unfortunate foot injury. Speaking on the latest episode of the JRE MMA Show, O’Malley gave up update on the injury, and on his recovery process.
“I got an X-ray last time and they said, ‘Everything looks good, come back in four weeks and we’ll clear you,'” O’Malley said (Transcribed by Mike Bohn for MMAjunkie). “I know how my foot feels. There’s days where it’s really sore and there’s days where it’s like, ‘Dude, it’s good.’ I feel about 80, 85 percent.”
O’Malley then gave a timeframe for his Octagon return. Apparently, he was initially expected to headline The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, which will now be headlined by middleweight prospect Israel Adesanya and Brad Tavares. With that planned nixed, he’s now eyeing a return to action this October — perhaps during the UFC’s October 6 stop in Las Vegas.
“I was supposed to headline that [Ultimate Fighter Finale] card; I was so excited for that,” O’Malley said. “I think next fight is going to be Oct. 6 in Vegas, the pay-per-view. Hopefully [I’ll] get on that card, but after that, hopefully headline my own. I’d like to fight two more times before the end of the year. [I’m] healing; everything is going good. So I’m hoping Oct. 6, and then maybe November, December.”
Who do you want to see Sean O’Malley fight in his return to action?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/6/2018.