O’Malley To Face Nevada Commission Next Week
Sean O’Malley’s road back to the Octagon begins next week, as the top bantamweight will face the Nevada Athletic Commission for a hearing regarding a failed out-of-competition drug test in September.
The hearing, scheduled for November 14th, will address O’Malley’s failed test prior to his cancelled UFC 229 fight against Jose Quiñonez, earning a provisional suspension from USADA. While USADA has given O’Malley the provisional suspension, the Nevada commission also has jurisdiction per the fight set to take place at the October event in Las Vegas.
O’Malley has continuously proclaimed his innocence and announced it prior to fight night instead of following the new UFC policy that will have the organization only announce positive drug tests until the USADA investigation process was completed.
“I am getting punished for something I didn’t do intentionally,” O’Malley said to Ariel Helwani. “I’m really hoping it’s these caffeine pills I took. I didn’t think anything of it. Obviously, the ingredients on the caffeine pills are all USADA-approved, but what wasn’t in the ingredients is what I popped for, so it sucks.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting