Sean O’Malley Targets UFC 274 Return, Eyes Clash With Pedro Munhoz

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 9, 2022
    Sean O'Malley

    Streaking UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley has claimed that he hopes to return to the Octagon for UFC 274 potentially, should he recover from a recent hand injury in time – and suggests a bout against fellow division contender, Pedro Munhoz on May 7.

    O’Malley, undefeated in his last three since suffering his first professional loss back in August 2020, has yet to feature in the Octagon since December at UFC 269 – landing an opening round knockout win over Raulian Paiva in a one-sided victory. The win eventually saw O’Malley crack the top-15 rankings at 135lbs – where he currently sits at #12.

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    In his victory over Paiva, however, O’Malley aggravated another hand injury and has been sidelined since as he recovers from the latest knock. However, in the time since, O’Malley has been linked with a slew of potential opponents for his impending Octagojn comeback – including former bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, the streaking, Adrian Yanez, and the faltering, aforenoted, Munhoz.

    Speaking during a live stream on Twitch recently, O’Malley suggested a May 7. matchup with Munhoz – should he recover from his hand injury in due course.

    “I’m thinking Pedro (Munhoz) but we will see,” Sean O’Malley said. “I’m going to make sure I can f*cking train full time and my f*cking sh*t feels good.”

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    Prior to his win against Paiva, Montana native, O’Malley – who transitioned to UFC following a victory on Dana White’s Contender Series – landed back-to-back knockout triumphs over Kris Moutinho and promotional alum, Thomas Almeida.

    In his sole professional loss, O’Malley suffered a first round ground strikes knockout defeat to Ecuadorian finisher, Marlon Vera at UFC 252 in August 2020.

    For Munhoz, the Sao Paulo veteran has suffered losses in four of his last five Octagon walks – including recent defeats to former UFC champions, Jose Aldo, and Dominick Cruz – the most recent of which at UFC 269 to boot.