UFC bantamweight star ‘Sugar Show’ Sean O’Malley is back and will be fighting Louis Smolka at UFC 264 on July 10. Journalist Ryan Frederick was the first to report the news.
Sean O’Malley and Louis Smolka have both verbally agreed to fight at UFC 264 but no official announcement has been made by the UFC. Both the fighters are coming off spectacular victories and it will be a very intriguing match-up between two rising and hungry bantamweight prospects.
UFC 264 takes place July 10 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on the pay-per-view following prelims which will be taking place on ESPN and stream on ESPN+. UFC 264 is headlined by the trilogy fight between two of the best lightweights on the planet, Dustin Poirier and Conor Mcgregor.
‘Sugar Show’ Sean O’Malley is back
O’Malley suffered his first career loss against Marlon Vera at UFC 252. He suffered an ankle injury in the fight which made him lose his balance and fall on the ground where Marlon Vera took advantage of that situation and landed some heavy blows on him that made the referee jump in and stop the fight in the very first round.
He still considered himself as an undefeated fighter and also said multiple times that though his record says he is 13-1 he feels he is mentally undefeated. The loss against Marlon broke his four-fight winning streak in the octagon. He has also suffered a suspension by U.S. Anti-Doping Agency over a tainted supplement. O’Malley then successfully rebounded from his first career loss with a thrilling third-round knockout of Thomas Almeida at UFC 260 in March.
Louis Smolka is a UFC bantamweight veteran who has had a career with several ups and downs. He has always managed to come back from losses and make a run in the division. He is coming off a TKO win over Jose Alberto Quinonez this past December at UFC Vegas 16. His last defeat came against Casey Kenney where he lost via submission. Louis is 3-2 after coming back to the UFC for a second stint a little more than two years ago.
UFC 264 lineup now includes:
- Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor
- Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson
- Jessica Eye vs. Jennifer Maia
- Ryan Hall vs. Ilia Topuria
- Omari Akhmedov vs. Brad Tavares
- Jerome Rivera vs. Zhalgas Zhumagulov
- Greg Hardy vs. Tai Tuivasa
- Dricus Du Plessis vs. Trevin Giles
- Sean O’Malley vs. Louis Smolka
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