Report: Sean O’Malley Out for Potential Six Months after Ufc 269 Hand Injury

Published 12/15/2021, 10:30 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: Sean O’Malley prepares to fight Marlon Vera of Ecuador 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)


The UFC is the world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion corporation, with a roster that includes some of the sport’s best fighters. Fighting and injuries go hand in hand. Recently, one of the biggest events of the year, UFC 269, took place in Las Vegas, Nevada’s T-Mobile Arena.

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UFC 269 was packed with knockouts and submissions. Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier headlined the event for the lightweight title. Many big names such as Amanda Nunes and Sean O’Malley also fought in the same octagon.

Just recently mixedmartialarts.com released a list of fighters that have earned medical suspensions after UFC 269. The main and co-main event fighters lucked out with only minor injuries. However, Sean O’ Malley and Pedro Munhoz can be out of the game for six months.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Sean O’Malley celebrates after winning his bantamweight bout against Kris Moutinho by TKO in the third round during UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Major fighters suffering medical suspensions

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: Dustin Poirier punches Charles Oliveira of Brazil in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 269 on December 11, 2021, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
  • Amanda Nunes: Suspended until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11
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  • Geoff Neal: Suspended until Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 2
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio: Suspended until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11 — suffering from a right eye laceration
  • Cody Garbrandt: Suspended until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11
  • Sean O’Malley: Must have X-ray and MRI on right hand/base of the thumb. If positive, must receive clearance from an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 10. Minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 2
  • Josh Emmett and Dan Igé: Suspended until Jan. 26 and Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 11 and Jan. 2 respectively

  • Pedro Munhoz: Must have an X-ray on the right foot. If positive, must receive clearance from an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 10. Minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11.

Rest of the fighters from UFC 269 suffering from medical suspensions

Besides the above-mentioned fighters, many other UFC fighters also got a medical suspension at the same event.

  • Augusto Sakai: Suspended until Feb. 10, no contact until Jan. 26 — left upper lip laceration
  • Jordan Wright: Suspended until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11,
  • Miranda Maverick: Must have X-ray on the left foot. If positive, must receive clearance from an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 10. Minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 2

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  • Ryan Hall: Suspended until Jan. 26, no contact until Jan. 11 — laceration under the right eye
  • Tony Kelley: Left shoulder must receive clearance from an orthopedic doctor or no contest until June 10. Minimum suspension no contest until Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 2
  • Gillian Robertson: Suspended until Jan. 11, no contact until Jan. 2

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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