The Sugar Show may be returning in October.
That’s according to “Sugar” Sean O’Malley himself, who claimed he was getting the co-main event slot at UFC 229 in October.
”CO MAIN EVENT October 6th in Las Vegas,” the 23 year old prospect wrote on Instagram, alongside video of him knocking out a victim with a spinning hook kick. No potential opponent was named.
O’Malley has been out of action since a March 2018 win over Andre Soukhamthath where he badly injured the ligaments in his foot.
“What I understand is it would be better if it was broken because it would be easier to heal than ligament tears,” O’Malley told the MMA Hour back in March. “I think I would almost rather it would be broken, but we’re going to check it out and we’ll see where we can go from there.”
A co-main event placement on any pay-per-view card would be pretty big for O’Malley, but UFC 229 on October 6th could be a career changer: that’s the date the UFC is rumored to be targeting for the massive Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov lightweight title fight.
The UFC has been pushing O’Malley hard as a future star since the bantamweight arrived in the organization via Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series a year ago, and he’s rewarded them with gutsy and entertaining wins. A spot just before McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov could help propel O’Malley to proper stardom. At the very least, it guarantees we’ll see a barnburner of a fight leading into the big main event.