Why Did Sean O’Malley Lose His Last Fight?

Published 03/24/2021, 1:13 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


Sean O’Malley is one of the most exciting rising fighters in the UFC. ‘Suga’in the UFC’s deadly Bantamweight division and is expected to break out as a top contender sooner than later. However, many would have expected O’Malley’s ascension to have already been complete now. But a setback he suffered in 2020 has slowed his toll down.

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O’Malley lost a fight To Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. Many had expected Vera to be set-up fight for O’Malley, who was expected to shoot up the rankings. However, a mix of power and good strategy allowed ‘Chito’ to win the fight in the first round via TKO. O’Malley crumbled under Vera’s low kicks and was finished with relative ease.

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However, O’Malley has maintained that he never lost the last fight because freak injuries do not count. O’Malley didn’t have any visible damage, but the kicks had done severe damage when they landed and compromised O’Malley’s leg. No matter how much better O’Malley thinks he is compared to Vera, this loss will always sting.

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Sean O’Malley was the victim of brutal leg kicks. We just saw them be super effective for Dustin Poirier against Conor McGregor. Well, they were very useful for Chito at UFC 252. He has spoken about the win multiple times since and broke down why the kicks give him a legitimate victory, no matter what O’Malley says.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: (L-R) Opponents Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera of Ecuador face off during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

“It’s simple. You throw a kick so hard, someone’s going to get hurt. I’m a good kicker. I love the calf kick, I love the low kick. I threw it so hard I know I’m going to do damage. It’s the same thing if you punch somebody in the liver. Same when you punch someone in the jaw, and they fall down.

Chito added, ‘There’s a lot of ignorant people who didn’t even understand what happened. If I’m me, 10 years ago, I’d think the guy just rolled his ankle. He didn’t roll his ankle. I f—– him up. I kicked him so hard that he quit. Either he quit, or his body quit, whatever.”

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Considering the fight lasted only one round, there isn’t a lot more to break down. All we know from what we saw is that it was a breakout performance for Vera while everyone wondered whether O’Malley is really elite. However, Suga has a chance to make amends when he faces Thomas Almeida this weekend to get back on the winning path.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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