Sean O’Malley is edging closer to a return to the UFC octagon, with reports stating that a fight with Marlon Vera is close to being signed for UFC 239.
Last seen in action at UFC 222, O’Malley’s progress through the bantamweight ranks has been interrupted somewhat by some recent issues he was experiencing with USADA.
‘Suga’ came forth himself to explain that he has ingested the substance ostarine through a contaminated supplement, something that USADA later proved consistent with three other cases (Nicco Montano, Augusto Mendes, Marvin Vettori) – all positive for ostarine, all showing no signs of intentional ingestion.
“USADA has resolved the following cases, after conducting a thorough investigation and finding no evidence of intentional use, consistent with other supplement contamination cases:”
Now, after missing out on his massive spot on UFC 229 last October, O’Malley is reportedly being lined up for a matchup against streaking bantamweight Marlon Vera
Speaking to MMAJunkie, O’Malley explained the frustration he felt over the course of the last few months and how people’s perceptions of what actually happened have been warped.
“People, everyone thinks it’s steroids – people are saying I got caught doing steroids. And what ostarine is a SARM(selective androgen receptor modulator, a PED that falls under ‘other anabolic agents’), it’s not a steroid.
“What [TJ Dillashaw] got caught for, that’s a f**king cheat. You can’t fake that. But that’s what people think I got in trouble for, the same kind of stuff. And no, that’s not even – mine was, I didn’t take anything.
“So it sucks getting tested by USADA now because it’s (expletive) stressful. Every time I see them at the gym I’m like, ‘God, I didn’t take anything last time when I failed the test, so what is it going to be this time?’”
UFC 239 will take place on International Fight Week on July 6 and will be headlined by the showdown between Jon Jones and Thiago Santos.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena