23-Year-Old UFC Bantamweight 10-0-0
March 21, 2018 Sean O'Malley News
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O'Malley will undergo surgery this week to address his foot injury and is expected to be out until the fall, Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports.
O'Malley, who is undefeated, suffered the injury during the first round of his bout against Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222, though ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision. Following the fight, however, he was unable to exit the cage under his own accord.
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Fantasy AnalysisO'Malley sustained what look to be a foot injury in the third round of the victory, but held on and was ultimately able to secure the decision. He was in visible pain immediately after the closing bell, and was unable to stand to get his hand raised. Joe Rogan even did the post-fight interview with O'Malley lying down on the mat being attended to. The UFC has an impressive prospect with crisp striking in O'Malley, and fortunately for the promotion, the preliminary diagnosis suggests he won't be on the shelf for an extended period of time. The "Sugar Show" should once again be live in the Octagon prior to the end of the year, but we'll post any additional updates on his status here.
Fantasy AnalysisWhat a weird, entertaining fight. O'Malley was cruising to a victory before suffering a potential serious foot injury in Round 3. O'Malley smashed Soukhamthath on the feet, landing all sorts of crazy kicks from odd angles. He also would have choken Andre out late in Round 2 had Soukhamthath not been saved by the bell. The injury nearly turned the tide, but Soukhamthath fought foolishly and was unable to take advantage. In his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan, O'Malley was laying on the mat in pain. Sugar Sean is just 23 years old and mature beyond his years. We have been fooled before, but O'Malley appears to have unlimited upside due to his striking ability.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Malley is coming off of an impressive unanimous decision victory over Terrion Ware on Dec. 1 at the TUF 26 Finale in what was the 23-year-old's first UFC contest. He'll look to continue his winning ways when he enters the octagon against 29-year-old Soukhamthath, who is coming off a TKO victory over Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night in early December.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Malley made his UFC debut in the co-main event. He rose to the occasion and ended up taking home the decision victory. He is a gifted offensive striker. He throws wild combinations and lands with exotic hooks. Against better and more classically trained strikers, he might struggle if they walk him down. Ware did a little of that in the second round, but he could not keep up the pace to be effective. In the first and third rounds, this fight was all O'Malley. He improves to 9-0 overall after this victory. It will interesting to continue to monitor his career in the UFC.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Malley made a statement when he knocked out Alfred Khashakyan at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. His knockout performance led to a contract offer with the UFC and gained him a debut at the TUF 26 Finale against another fresh UFC fighter in Terrion Ware. The 22-year-old fighter maintains an 8-0 record with six KO/TKOs.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Malley is a 22-year-old prospect that leans heavily on his striking, but still needs quite a bit of work in other areas of MMA such as grappling and wrestling. That said, Khashakyan did have O'Malley on his back early in the fight, but he was able to fend off the ground-and-pound and get back to his feet. O'Malley then used his unorthodox striking to open up his opponent before eventually getting the KO in the first round's final minute. O'Malley's unique ability to land kicks and punches from unpredictable angles will be an asset in his fighting career, but he'll need to be able to defend takedowns from heralded wrestlers if he's going to sustain success with the promotion. Another asset is his height, as O'Malley stands at 5-foot-11, which is tall for a bantamweight (135-pound) fighter. Tuesday's win puts him on a four-fight knockout streak, with the last three of those stoppages coming in the first round.