Watch: First Round KO For Sean O’ Malley As He Returns to The Octagon

Published 03/07/2020, 11:32 PM EST


Sean O’Malley made his highly anticipated return to UFC 248 by defeating Jose Quinonez in round number 1. O’Malley looked like he hadn’t missed a beat with the series of kicks and relentless pressure ending Jose’s night.

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The Sugar Show returns

Sean O’Malley is making his return after 2 years due to suspension caused due to a series of failed drug tests. The substances that were found were present in a tainted supplement he consumed. ‘’The Suga Show’’ was on a run creating a certain buzz in bantamweight but a broken foot and the PED scandal derailed his career. O’Malley looked like a seasoned veteran inside the octagon with his very first attack dropping Quinonez.

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Sean started the fight with a push kick straight to the chest immediately establishing his reach. From that point onwards Jose was troubled with every single shot seemingly unable to defend against his speed and reach. A quick counter hook sent Quinonez to the cage before a head kick and a flurry of punches sealed the victory for O’Malley.

The Win maintains O’Malley’s undefeated record and on the rise in the bantamweight division. This win meant a lot given the various issues O’Malley has faced.

Speaking during his post-fight interview, Sean O’Malley said

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‘’ I felt great in there, it doesn’t feel like it’s been two years, but it’s good to be back.’’ I have been through a lot to get here, I had two surgeries, two pulled fights, it was a lot. I didn’t know how I would feel making that walk, I tried to picture it in my head so many times, but you never know until you are out there, I felt great, it felt right.’’

Sean O’Malley’s career was put off track given the series of injuries he faced. With a broken ankle and the tainted supplement scandal it seemed that ‘’The Suga Show’’ is over but with this comeback proved that the show is just getting started…

What do you think of Sean O’Malley’s performance? Let us know in the comments

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