O’Malley Looking For A Return This Summer
Whenever the world is looking to get back to normal, Sean O’Malley will be ready for his next fight.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, O’Malley (11-0) discussed the idea of fighting multiple times a year. The 25-year-old attempted to get on the UFC 249 card, but UFC brass had other plans in mind for him.
“Yeah I did,” O’Malley stated when asked about fighting. “I messaged Sean Shelby, (but) he said they want me to fight in July in Vegas.”
O’Malley returned to action at UFC 248 last month, beating Jose Alberto Qiononez via TKO. Before that, his last fight was in March 2018, beating Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222 via unanimous decision. A series of drug tests halted his career and the matches he wanted. O’Malley was set to compete at UFC 229 in October of that year before initially testing positive for ostarine. Serving a six-month suspension, the supplement appeared to still be in his system.
USADA flagged him for another failed test, with out-of-competition samples displaying traces of ostarine. It was determined by USADA that the violation was a result of a tainted dietary supplement, with no intentional use displayed. The suspension was retroactive to August 2019, making him available for UFC 248.
When it came to waiting to fight again, especially on Dana White’s “Fight Island“, O’Malley didn’t seem to mind.
“I would love to fight on ‘Fight Island.’ I think that would be awesome,” O’Malley went on to say. “But I think realistically my next fight will probably be in July, and it’s going to be in Vegas. And hopefully everything calms down a little bit. But yeah, (I) definitely want to at least fight in July, whether it’s on an island or in Vegas.”
The coronavirus continues to take over the world. Fights may not come back for a long time, unless Dana has anything to say about it. Until then, the bantamweight prospect is taking everything one day at a time.
“Right now, I’m just improving, because if I get a name in my head, I’m like, ‘OK, I’m fighting this guy.’ Now I kind of start thinking about fighting that guy, and then it changes because something happens, so it’s kind of a waste of time,” O’Malley said.
“Once we’re a couple of months out from the date, then we’ll probably figure out who we’re fighting.”