REPORT | Sean O’Malley X-Ray ‘Came Back OK’

Sean O'MalleyAs we all know, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley was injured this past weekend in his UFC 252 fight with Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. He looked good in the fight up until the injury happened, and this marks just the first setback of his professional career. Ariel Helwani from ESPN MMA gave us an update regarding O’Malley’s injury […]

Sean O'Malley

As we all know, ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley was injured this past weekend in his UFC 252 fight with Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera. He looked good in the fight up until the injury happened, and this marks just the first setback of his professional career.

Ariel Helwani from ESPN MMA gave us an update regarding O’Malley’s injury earlier today via his twitter account:

This is a truly unfortunate occurrence. O’Malley injured himself in his second fight in the UFC with Andre Soukhamthath as well, though that didn’t happen until round three, and he won the first two rounds. However, this injury happened midway through the first round, and Vera is far too talented and dangerous of an opponent to fight on one leg.

After his fight with Soukhamthath, he didn’t fight again for two years either, due to two run ins with USADA for tainted supplements. Unfortunately, he’s going to need some more time off now that his knee has been tore up. Luckily he’s still only 25-years-old, turning 26 in October.

O’Malley has the gift, the it factor, he’ll come back better than ever, just like he did in March. He’s now 4-1 in the UFC, and 12-1 overall as a professional.

Though it was ruled a TKO (elbow and punches), it could also be considered a TKO (injury) loss. He did get hurt badly by that elbow Vera cracked him with, but he never would’ve ended up on his back if his leg didn’t give out.

It’s great that his ankle and lower leg are fine, but it was evident that the issue was with his knee. We’ll have to wait a few days to see what happens next. Hopefully he only tore one ligament, but even then it can take a while to recover and come back.

Guys like Dominick Cruz and Georges St-Pierre spent over a year outside of the cage with ACL tears alone. Thiago Santos tore all four ligaments in his knee when he fought Jon Jones, that was 13 months ago and he hasn’t fought since. Either way, we probably won’t see O’Malley fight again until next year.

Who would you like to see Sean O’Malley fight upon his return?

Donald Cerrone Injures Arm, Putting Mike Perry Fight In Question

It was hardly a surprise that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone injures his arm and puts his Mike Perry fight in question. Earlier today (Sept. 25, 2018) Cerrone caused quite the stir on social media as he shared a picture via his Instagram account. The picture shows him lying on a hospital bed with his entire left […]

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It was hardly a surprise that Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone injures his arm and puts his Mike Perry fight in question.

Earlier today (Sept. 25, 2018) Cerrone caused quite the stir on social media as he shared a picture via his Instagram account. The picture shows him lying on a hospital bed with his entire left arm bandaged up.

Check out his Instagram post here:

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Classic ‘Cowboy’

One could just write Cerrone’s latest injury off as typical “Cowboy,” as he’s teased an injury online before. But complicating matters is his upcoming fight against Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 on Nov. 10, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Not only is Cerrone scheduled to fight on that historic UFC 25th anniversary show, but he’s in the co-main event.

Cerrone didn’t go into details about how he injured his arm, however, he did assure fans that he would be ready to go come November in front of his hometown crowd.

Although “Cowboy” didn’t shed light on the cause of his injury it can be safely assumed that this could be the latest in a long line of extreme sports mishaps for the UFC vet. Earlier this month Cerrone told a horrific tale on the Joe Rogan MMA podcast. He detailed how he nearly drowned in a scuba diving accident.

UFC Fight Night 139 is headlined by Frankie Edgar vs.Chan Sung Jung. Jung will be making his long-awaited return to the Octagon as he takes on perennial contender Edgar.

Heres how the rest of UFC Fight Night 139 looks:

Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry

Joseph Benavidez vs. Ray Borg

Raquel Pennington vs. Germaine de Randamie

Luis Pena vs. Mike Trizano

Maycee Barber vs. M. Kahaunaele-Stevenson

Amanda Cooper vs. Ashley Yoder

Alonzo Menifield vs. Saparbeg Safarov

Chas Skelly vs. Bobby Moffett

Ricardo Ramos vs. Ricky Simón

Beneil Dariush vs. Chris Gruetzemacher

Davi Ramos vs. John Gunther

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Referee Responds To UFC Sao Paulo Main Event Criticisms

The referee presiding over the main event of last night’s (Sat., September 22, 2018) UFC Fight Night 137 from São Paulo, Brazil, has responded to some criticisms of the fight’s stoppage. Longtime referee Marc Goddard saw a strange scenario during the fight. Eryk Anders’ mouthpiece fell out during the third round of his battle with Thiago Santos. […]

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The referee presiding over the main event of last night’s (Sat., September 22, 2018) UFC Fight Night 137 from São Paulo, Brazil, has responded to some criticisms of the fight’s stoppage.

Longtime referee Marc Goddard saw a strange scenario during the fight. Eryk Anders’ mouthpiece fell out during the third round of his battle with Thiago Santos. Santos had been landing far more power strikes throughout the fight. Anders, meanwhile, controlled the grappling department with many takedowns, making the fight a closely-contested main event.

Anders was attempting another one when Goddard stopped the action towards the end of the third frame. The referee awarded Anders position back, but it didn’t end in his favor.

Santos began unloading an assault of elbows and punches to Anders’ temple (watch highlights here). The tiring replacement fighter was wobbled badly. Anders concerningly fell three times after the round ended. Goddard called the fight off as a result.

At least one fighter had an exception with the ref’s decision. Top-ranked lightweight contender Kevin Lee is that man. Lee immediately called out Goddard on Twitter after the fight:

Goddard Responds

Goddard responded shortly thereafter that he did the right thing by giving Anders his position back. He only returned the fighters to their original position, which he insisted was the right call:

The rising middleweight may have lost but earned an extra $50,000 for a “Fight of the Night” bonus in a bout he was hospitalized for afterward. For his part, he had a rather nonchalant reaction.

Anders wants to fight again rather soon despite taking an insane amount of damage at the end of the third round. It was a great fight, and he must have been cleared at the aforementioned medical facility.

Goddard did the best thing he could have done. The controversy seems a bit of a moot point right now. Do you believe Goddard impacted the violent end of the fight with the decision?

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Middleweight Fighter Steps In On Six Days To Save UFC Sao Paulo Light Heavyweight Main Event

UFC Sao Paul has a new main event just six days out.

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UFC Fight Night Sal Paulo has had yet another shakeup to the main event. “Ya Boy” Eryk Anders will step in on just six days notice to face Thiago Santos as Jimmie Manuwa was forced out due to injury.

The 31-year-old Anders is just three weeks removed from his brutal knock out win over Tim Williams at UFC Lincoln. Anders sports a record of 11-1. His only loss was a close five-round decision to Lyoto Machida. Coincidentally, that loss to Machida happened in February of this year in Belem, Brazil. Anders now returns to Brazil looking for redemption.

Santos, 34, has won five out of his last six fights. His only blemish in that stretch came at the hands of David Branch. He most recently defeated Kevin Holland via decision at UFC 227 in August. Since 2015 Santos has gone 9-3 in the UFC with seven knock out wins.

UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo has had to deal with the injury bug. Fights like Neil Magny vs. Alex Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Elias Theodorou and Ketlen Vieira vs. Tonya Evinger were all scrapped or rebooked do to injuries. However, the show must go on.

Here is a look at the updated fight card:

Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders
Alex Oliveira vs. Carlo Pedersoli
Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell
Randa Markos vs. Marina Rodriguez
Christos Giagos vs. Charles Oliveira
Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Luis Henrique vs. Ryan Spann
Chase Sherman vs. Augusto Sakai
Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders
Gillian Robertson vs. Marya Bueno Silva
Hector Lombard vs. Thales Leites
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Luigi Vendramini
Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renata Souza

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Dominick Cruz Hopes to Return Before End of 2018

Former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, is hoping to return to the octagon before the year concludes. Cruz, 33, has not fought since UFC 207 (December 30, 2016), where he was defeated by Cody Garbrandt in a contest for the UFC’s 135-poun…

Former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, is hoping to return to the octagon before the year concludes. Cruz, 33, has not fought since UFC 207 (December 30, 2016), where he was defeated by Cody Garbrandt in a contest for the UFC’s 135-pound championship. The veteran was expected to face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219, however, […]

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Matt Brown Injured and Out of Fight Against Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 29

Veteran welterweight contender Matt Brown has suffered an injury that has forced him out of his upcoming bout against Carlos Condit in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 29. Sources close to the situation confirmed that Brown suffered a torn ACL in his kn…

Veteran welterweight contender Matt Brown has suffered an injury that has forced him out of his upcoming bout against Carlos Condit in the co-main event at UFC on FOX 29. Sources close to the situation confirmed that Brown suffered a torn ACL in his knee just recently that caused him to drop out of the […]

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