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After 2 year layoff ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley wants December return with NSAC hearing

After more than two years removed from the UFC octagon, Bantamweight fighter ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley looks set up to finally get the clearance to make his much anticipated return. O’Malley and his lawyer will attend a Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing on August 20, which should be the last turn in a long road back to the octagon.

In an August 3 interview from his Arizona home with Helen Yee, O’Malley reveals that the hearing will determine if he would require a “30 day or sixty day WADA testing, similar to what they did with Jon Jones, so they’re telling me plan on fighting probably December.” It sounds like a mere formality for O’Malley now as there is now a bit of a template in place following Jon Jones’ commission dealings. 

O’Malley hasn’t fought since his dramatic win over Andre Sukhamthat despite injury at UFC 222 back in March 2018. He was supposed to make his return at the now iconic 226 card and 229 but stated  that he “tested for ostarine back in October and then I still had levels in my system for this last fight against Chito”, but his August 20th hearing in Nevada will “get it all cleared up.”

With O’Malley being out of the spotlight for so long there is some confusion to his status but he reiterates that “a lot of people think I’m suspended by USADA but I’m not. They have cleared me to fight, UFC has cleared me to fight. We just have to get it squared away with the athletic commission and my lawyer is telling me it sounds like it should be all done here soon.”

After missing out on opportunities for serious exposure on two massive pay per view cards, O’Malley now has a chance to make up for lost time on the year end pay per view in December. While no bouts have yet to be announced, it likely that the UFCs biggest names not booked for November’s Madison Square Garden card will likely appear in Las Vegas in December. 

Jon Jones and Max Holloway both have expressed interest in fighting on the December PPV card, so there is still hope for a big card in 2019. Regardless of how the rest of the rest of that card pans out, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley should see the inside of the octagon this year and is dialed in for an very active 2020.

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