“It’s Signed on My End” – Sean O’Malley Announces Big News for UFC 252

Published 07/11/2020, 3:38 PM EDT


The Suga show will be back in August. Sean O’Malley has announced his plans of returning to the Octagon at UFC 252. The expected opponent for his next fight is Marlon Vera.

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Sean O’Malley posted a video on his YouTube channel announcing the news. O’Malley broke the news to his fans who are eagerly waiting for his return to the Octagon after two impressive wins this year. ‘Sugar’ said that he has signed the contract for fighting on August 15. However, he made no confirmation if the same is true on Marlon Vera’s end as well.

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Sean O’Malley returned to the Octagon after serving two bans handed down by the USADA. On both the occasions he had tested positive for ostarine. During his first suspension, he was booked against José Alberto Quiñónez. O’Malley announced his return to the world by a first-round knockout of Quiñónez at UFC 248 in March.

He carried the momentum forward by earning another first-round knockout of Eddie Wineland at UFC 250 last month. By giving back Quiñónez, the fight which couldn’t happen earlier, O’Malley has attempted to do right by his part. Now he plans on doing the same with Vera.

Sean O’Malley and Marlon Vera have a bit of a history between them

This is not the first occasion that we are hearing about the pairing of Vera and O’Malley. The UFC had booked this fight for UFC 239 in July 2019. However, a second successive doping violation on O’Malley’s part prevented the fight from happening.

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After O’Malley pulled off from the scheduled fight, Vera labeled him as a cheater.

Appearing on ‘In The Zone’ podcast last month, O’Malley named Vera as an opponent that he wants to fight in the future. Thereafter, the two went back-and-forth on social media.

Song Yadong reacts after his unanimous decision victory over Marlon Vera in their featherweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, May 16, 2020.

Marlon Vera’s last fight ended with a controversial unanimous decision loss at the hands of Song Yadong. Many, including O’Malley, believed that Vera won the fight.

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With two fights in the bag and a third one on the way, O’Malley is making full use of the momentum and the hype that he has gained. A win over Marlon Vera could be the key for him to break into the top ten of the UFC Bantamweight rankings.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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