Sean O’Malley is raring to get back in the octagon – and he apparently has his next fight booked.
O’Malley announced Tuesday night on his YouTube channel that he will face Thomas Almeida on March 27 at UFC 260. According to O’Malley, he received a bout agreement earlier Tuesday, which he was ready to sign.
O’Malley (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who earned his way into the UFC through “Dana White’s Contender Series,” opened his professional career with 12 straight wins, including four in the UFC, before suffering his first loss against Marlon Vera last August at UFC 252. O’Malley, 26, was finished by first-round TKO and was taken off on a stretcher after suffering a foot injury. O’Malley hasn’t fought since.
Almeida, 29, is on a three-fight losing streak after dropping decisions to Jimmie Rivera and Jonathan Martinez with a TKO against Rob Font in between. Almeida (22-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) opened his professional career with 21 consecutive wins, including four in the UFC. He hasn’t tasted victory since November 2016 when he TKO’d Albert Morales.
With the addition, the UFC 260 lineup now includes:
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou – for heavyweight title
Champ Alexander Volkanovski vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title
Jimmy Crute vs. Johnny Walker
Modestas Bukauskas vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Hannah Goldy vs. Jessica Penne
Vicente Luque vs. Tyron Woodley
Thomas Almeida vs. Sean O’Malley