- Sean O’Malley will face Louis Smolka at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- O’Malley is coming off a TKO win over Thomas Almeida last March.
- UFC 264 will be headlined by the third fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier.
Sean O’ Malley returned to the winning column by knocking out Thomas Almeida in a Performance of the Night winning effort at UFC 260 last March 27th.
After the victory, Sugar Sean called out current bantamweight champion Petr Yan and former two-time bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz for a fight but neither was interested. Yan even went as far as calling O’Malley “high” for what the champ felt was a ridiculous call-out.
With O’Malley looking to return to action soon, the UFC has booked him against someone who is in his level- veteran Louis Smolka. According to MMA journalist Ryan Frederick, the O’Malley vs Smolka showdown has been set for UFC 264 on July 10th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las, Vegas.
Suga Show is Back
The Suga Show is back in the win column! 🌈
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 28, 2021
O’Malley made an emphatic return to the Octagon at UFC 260, flattening Thomas Almeida with a massive right hand to bounce back after suffering his first ever career defeat. After starring in the Contender Series, O’Malley opened his UFC career with four consecutive victories. But the rising prospect suffered an upset loss to Marlon Vera at UFC 252 that derailed his plans.
The 26-year old from Helena, Montana entered the fight as a sizeable betting favorite at the best UFC betting sites. But O’Malley suffered a drop foot injury during the fight, causing him to lose the fight via TKO. The former ICF bantamweight champion has a record of 13-1 with nine knockouts and one submission victory.
Smolka KOs Quinonez
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) December 6, 2020
Smolka enters the fight coming off a knockout win over Jose Alberto Quinonez last December. The 29-year old from Kapolei, Hawaii has won six out of his last eight bouts after he was released by the UFC in early 2018. While away from the Octagon, Smolka won three straight bouts via stoppage and annexed the CXF flyweight title to earn a second tour of duty in the UFC.
The Hawaiian standout has alternated wins and losses since returning to the UFC where he’s fought as a bantamweight. In his last bout against Quinonez, Smolka missed weight by three pounds and was forced to give up 20% of his purse to his opponent. The fight went on and Smolka went on to beat Quinonez via ground and pound.
UFC 264 is Looking Stacked
The UFC 264 card is starting to look STACKED and half the fights haven’t even been announced yet🤯🔥
🇮🇪McGregor vs Poirier🇺🇸
🇺🇸Thompson vs Burns🇧🇷
🇺🇸O’Malley vs Smolka🇺🇸
— MMA MOMENTS (@MMAMOMENTS1) May 3, 2021
UFC 264 will be headlined by the third fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. It will also feature a welterweight showdown between former title challengers Gilbert Burns and Stephen Thompson. A fun heavyweight bout between Greg Hardy and Tai Tuivasa is also expected to take place in the event.
With the addition of the O’Malley vs Smolka fight, the UFC 264 event is starting to look stacked. Last month, a total of 20,800 tickets sold out in just seconds.The event is the first for the UFC to have a live audience since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.