According to ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley (10-0-0), he is fully healed up following the foot injury he sustained against Andre Soukhamthath and sources suggest he is hoping to return to action at UFC 229.
Posting to his Instagram story this weekend, the 23-year-old prospect teased his 340,000 followers that a fight announcement was imminent. An anonymous source close to O’Malley cited by MMAJunkie claims that undefeated ‘Sugar Sean’ is hoping to face number 12 ranked bantamweight Alejandro Perez (21-6-1) when he returns to action, although the source did add that the fight has not been booked yet as Perez is yet to be medically cleared.
Despite this, it would appear that O’Malley has been granted his wish based on the somewhat cryptic tweet he posted this evening, hinting that he would be opening the PPV portion of the event.
TUF Latin America winner Perez is in the midst of an impressive run of his own, putting together a seven fight win streak with victories over Scott Jorgenson, Soukhamthath, Iuri Alcantara and most recently, a decision win over Eddie Wineland at UFC Boise.
Should the two meet at UFC 229 it would represent a significant step up in quality of opposition for O’Malley who after just two fights, finds himself potentially on the brink of breaking into the top 15 in the UFC bantamweight division.
While his meteoric rise through the ranks since appearing on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer is impressive, it is not exactly surprising. It is evident that the promotion see’s O’Malley as a star of the future with his positioning on the main card at UFC 222 in just his second UFC appearance confirming that Dana White has big plans for the 23-year-old.
Should ‘Sugar Sean’ secure himself a spot supporting what is being billed as the biggest UFC fight ever, it will without doubt provide him with the platform to further boost his profile and potentially elevate himself to the lofty heights of mainstream stardom.