Tonight’s UFC 252 co-main attraction featured a key bantamweight bout between surging division contenders Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera.
O’Malley (12-0 MMA) was most previously seen in action at June’s UFC 250 event where he scored a sensational first round knockout victory over former WEC title holder Eddie Wineland. Since joining the UFC ranks in December of 2017, ‘Sugar’ has gone a perfect 4-0 including two stoppage victories.
Meanwhile, Marlon Vera (15-6-1 MMA) had entered UFC 252 looking to rebound, this after having his five-fight win streak snapped by Song Yadong via decision in his most recent outing. Prior to the setback, ‘Chito’ had been on a hot streak scoring five stoppage wins in a row.
Tonight’s UFC 252 O’Malley vs. Vera contest proved to be a short-lived contest. Marlon Vera was able to hurt Sean O’Malley’s knee early in the contest with a heavy low kick. Shortly after ‘Sugar’s’ leg would give out for good and ‘Chito’ promptly finished him off with strikes.
Official UFC 252 Result: Marlon Vera TKO’s Sean O’Malley in Round 1
Check out how the pros reacted to Vera defeating O’Malley below:
I’ve been looking forward to this fight!! O’Malley vs Vera #UFC252
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) August 16, 2020
— Eric Albarracin (@CPTdasAmericas) August 16, 2020
— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 16, 2020
— Yair Rodriguez (@panteraufc) August 16, 2020
Oh yeah!! Ready for this one!! #UFC252
— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) August 16, 2020
Post-fight reactions to Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera:
Some people aren’t made for war… #SugaFree
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) August 16, 2020
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) August 16, 2020
Like said all bark. #ufc252
— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) August 16, 2020
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on August 15, 2020