Sean O’Malley Teases Return- Says He Will Defend ‘Undefeated’ Status

Published 03/14/2021, 7:52 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: Sean O’Malley celebrates after his unanimous-decision victory over Andre Soukhamthath in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley is set to return at UFC 260. ‘Suga’ suffered the first loss of his professional career against Marlon Vera at UFC 252. He will look to bounce back from the loss and make a statement, but has a seasoned opponent in Thomas Almeida to fight him next.

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O’Malley suffered a nerve injury due to a calf kick from ‘Chito’ in his last contest and was subsequently finished by ground-and-pound. But despite that, ‘Suga’ is still mentally undefeated. He is looking ahead to his return later this month and wants to defend his ‘undefeated’ status.

O’Malley wrote, “2 f**kin weeks till I put my undefeated record on the line.”

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Maybe he doesn’t want to accept the loss against Vera and believes it was because of his injury, which unfortunately is a part of the sport. So, there’s no way one can deny that as it only gives a fighter reality check and calls for an improvement in strength and conditioning.

Or maybe, it’s just how O’Malley keeps himself motivated. His ways are different and beyond the understanding of a normal person. He rolls in his unique ways. But despite that, one can’t argue about the skills and potential he has under his belt. He is a phenomenal striking wizard who belongs at the top of the food chain.

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 03: (L-R) Sean O’Malley punches Andre Soukhamthath in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 222 event inside T-Mobile Arena on March 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The 26-year-old will have a tough challenge ahead of him in Almeida at UFC 260. Hence, ‘Suga’ will have to be at his very best to get back to winning ways at UFC 260.

Can Sean O’Malley be triumphant at UFC 260?

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Almeida was once one of the biggest prospects of the UFC’s 135 lbs division. However, he hasn’t been the same fighter since his 2016 knockout loss to Cody Garbrandt. It was his first loss as a professional, but he has lost 3 of his 4 fights since. A win over Albert Morales was followed by a decision loss to Jimmie Rivera. A KO loss to Rob Font and yet another decision loss against Jonathan Martinez followed.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 01: (L-R) Sean O’Malley punches Terrion Ware in their bantamweight bout during the TUF Finale event inside Park Theater on December 01, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Almeida’s chin has become questionable, and coming up against a striker like O’Malley can be a problem for him. So, on paper, O’Malley has the edge currently. But he has to be sharp as ever because Almeida has the potential to beat anybody in the bantamweight division. He will look to end O’Malley’s “undefeated” run.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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