Popular rising bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley has been given a six-month USADA sentence following his withdrawal from UFC 229 last month.
‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley was set to have his breakout fight on the biggest fight-card in the history of mixed martial arts last month when he was scheduled to face José Alberto Quinonez on the show’s main-card.
The 24-year-old had been slowly establishing himself as one of the most popular up-and-comers on the roster – something that has been helped by several seriously impressive performances on top of some memorable appearances in the public eye, with his slot on The Joe Rogan Experience being among the highlights.
It emerged yesterday that he was handed a reduced sentence of six months by USADA due to the fact that he “took responsibility for the adverse analytical findings.”
Taking to his official Twitter, ‘Suga’ Sean explained how small the minute trace of the banned substance ostarine that caused him to be pulled from the biggest show of his life was.
.08 nanograms and they pulled me off the biggest card, suspended me and fined me . 1 Nanogram is exactly 0.000000000001 kilograms. For everyone who thinks I am stupid enough to take a banned substance before the biggest fight of my career, 🖕🏽.Thanks to the fans that support me❤️
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) November 15, 2018
For the most part, the MMA world has been sympathetic to the rising star.
O’Malley was given the benefit of the doubt and by the looks of things, his name hasn’t taken too much damage in the wake of the unfortunate decision to pull him from UFC 229.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena