Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley will get a huge opportunity later tonight (Sat., Mar. 3, 2018) at UFC 222 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, when he takes on Andre Soukhamthath on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card in just his second Octagon appearance.
O’Malley, 23, made a name for himself when he knocked out Alfred Khashakyan with one punch on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” back in July. “Sugar” then parlayed that victory into an infamous smoke session with hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg.
That brings us to this weekend as “Sugar” plans on debuting his own marijuana strain at his afterparty following the conclusion of UFC 222. A high-profile bout opposite Soukhamthath on a PPV card in Las Vegas is the perfect chance for O’Malley to put his name out there, score some extra fans, and expand his growing business (wink, wink).
“We’re releasing the new strain, Suga Show OG,” O’Malley said in an interview with TMZ Sports earlier this week (shown above). “It’s a mix between Lemonhead and OG 92. I think they’re going to bring a good amount of that. They’re gonna have dab rigs set up. We’re gonna have a juice bar. The ultimate recovery: Smoking some weed and drinking some veggies.”
As far as the fight itself, O’Malley plans on doing a lot more to “Asian Sensation” than just knocking him out. In fact, the weed entrepreneur plans on outpointing Soukhamthath at every possible turn to prove to fight fans that his hype is for real.
“I’ve never been more excited to go knock someone out,” said O’Malley. “It’s on a pay-per-view card, it’s at T-Mobile. There’s going to be millions of people watching it. I love proving people wrong. […] You need to buy the PPV to witness this hype train is real. I’m going to go out there and prove everyone who is calling this fake wrong. I’m going to go out there and get another viral knockout.”
“We’re going to get in the cage, look across from each other, he’s gonna be confident, I’m gonna be confident. We’re gonna get in there, that bell is going to ring, I’m gonna be moving in front of him and he’s going to see something he’s never seen before. It’s gonna be way faster than he thinks. His confidence level is gonna to drop every minute. Every time he doesn’t hit me, his confidence is gonna drop. I’m gonna hit him, his confidence is gonna go down.”
While Soukhamthath isn’t a ranked opponent at 135 pounds and has only amassed a below average UFC record of 1-2, he’s a great test for O’Malley at this point in his career. If “Sugar” is able to score a huge knockout this weekend in Vegas and push his professional record to 10-0, UFC should give him even a bigger push up the bantamweight ladder in the second half of 2018.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 222 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.