Sean O’Malley Next Fight All Set – Will Make His Return at UFC 264

Published 06/08/2021, 9:36 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 30: Sean O’Malley poses on the scale during the TUF Finale weigh-in inside Park Theater on November 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Sean O’Malley is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC at the moment. The bantamweight fighter has a great MMA record of (13-1) and is touted by many to be the next big thing in the UFC. ‘Sugar’ last competed in the UFC at the UFC 260 event against Thomas Almeida and won that fight via a third-round KO.

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Since then there has been much speculation as to who the fighter will face next. Recently there were rumors that O’Malley will face Louis Smolka at UFC 264. ‘Sugar’ had been calling out various top-ranked bantamweight fighters. However, no fight could be finalized.

Talking about that O’Malley said, “ Honestly, it was the first name the UFC offered me. I was calling out to you know Pedro on Twitter, Dominick Cruz on Twitter, Petr Yan.

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“You know I knew I was gonna get that Petr Yan fight, but I maybe I was like you never know, he might think I su*k. I said you might want a little warm-up fight before your rematch with Aljo. Maybe he’ll take it.”

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While a fight with any top-ranked fighter could not be finalized, O’Malley is ready to fight Smolka.

“Ya, you know I wanted a bigger name. But they are not gonna pay me anymore to fight Petr than to fight Louis so. You know I’ll take Smolka, take him serious, you know he’s a legitimate opponent.

“A lot of people believe I should be fighting a top 15, top 10 I agree. UFC wants me to fight Smolka I’ll fight Smolka. Still haven’t signed the contract yet. Sean Shelby said, no it’s happening, so we will see.”

Dana White confirms Sean O’Malley vs Louis Smolka at UFC 264

During a recent interview, Dana White confirmed the fight between Sean O’Malley and Smolka. When asked whether O’Malley will face Smolka at UFC 264, the UFC President responded with a yes. The fight will be added to an already epic match card that is said to be headlined by the fight between Poirier and McGregor.

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The Poirier vs McGregor fight is going to be watched by fans from all over the world and being in that event will certainly help ‘Sugar’ widen his fanbase. If O’Malley defeats Smolka at UFC 264, he would be well in contention to fight some of the top-ranked fighters in the division.

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Sean O’Malley is one of the best talents out there and as we as fans can’t wait for him to get back to action.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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