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Sean O’Malley next fight: Who will face ‘Sugar’ on July 2?

Jason Burgos
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The Sean O’Malley next fight news is in, and the “Sugar” show will make its anticipated return to the Octagon on July 2, at UFC 276. And welcoming the bantamweight back to action will be a top-10 ranked opponent and “Young Punisher.”

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Who will Sean O’Malley’s next fight be against?

In his eighth appearance as a member of the UFC roster, O’Malley will get one of his toughest tests to date when he faces 135-pound rankings stalwart Pedro Munhoz. The 35-year-old has competed in the promotion for eight years and faced many of the best bantamweights in that time. He holds wins over notable fighters from the weight class in Rob Font, Jimmie Rivera, and former champion Cody Garbrandt.

How to watch Sean O’Malley vs Pedro Munhoz on July 2

  • O’Malley vs Munhoz will take place at UFC 276 on July 7
  • This UFC card will happen inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The $74.99 main card PPV will kick off at 10 pm ET exclusively on ESPN+
  • You can purchase tickets to this UFC event when they become available here

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O’Malley vs Munhoz preview

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The matchmaking for Sean O’Malley’s UFC career has always been specially curated to showcase the 27-year-old’s outstanding striking. Meaning he has yet to face a gifted grappler from the top-15 of the division. His booking against Munhoz continues that trend while still being a fight that should be entertaining for fight fans.

  • Technician vs Brawler: This scrap is an interesting pairing of a talented technical striker against a tough and rugged brawler. While the Brazilian does have high-level skills, Munhoz likes making his bouts a close-up brawl. If he can force O’Malley into that type of fight it could make things far more competitive than some might expect.
  • Munhoz’s durability: “Sugar” likes to fight from range and does so very well. It is a style Munhoz has rarely dealt with. While he has shown to be durable and has never been knocked out, if he can’t close the distance on his opponent, Munhoz could be in for a long night on July 7.

Bottom line: O’Malley will certainly be the favorite, but Munhoz has been underrated and underestimated for a long time. The longer this fight goes, the better Munhoz’s chances are of making it ugly and taking the young star to places he has yet to be. If he can mix it up and add in some wrestling, this fight could be a pick ’em.

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The Sugar Show: O’Malley has become an immediate star in the UFC by being a cocky fighter with the ability to back up his brash boasts nearly every time. He has a fan-friendly fight style and usually gives them what they want. Seeing fighters get physically embarrassed and put to sleep by a destructive striker is a big part of his draw.

  • Sean O’Malley record: 15-1 (11 knockouts, 1 submission)
  • Sean O’Malley wife: The UFC star is in an open marriage with Danya Gonzalez
  • O’Malley has 15 career wins, with seven coming in the fabled Octagon. He has an 80% finish rate, with 11 KOs and one submission win as he enters his seventh year as a pro fighter.
  • “Sugar” has sent nine of his opponents home in the first round, including Paiva, Alfred Khashakyan, and UFC and WEC stalwart Eddie Wineland.
  • His lone loss came to Marlon “Chito” Vera at UFC 252 in August 2020. Although the win is listed as a technical knockout loss, O’Malley suffered a freak injury from a Vera kick that made it a little different than typical TKO defeats.

The Influencer: With his rainbow-colored hairdo and tattoos adorning his body and face, O’Malley is a fighter perfect for the 18 to 32-year-old demographic of UFC fans today. And it shows in his reach on social media platforms.

  • Despite only being in the organization for a few years, O’Malley already has over three million followers across his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
  • Not to be outdone, the multi-talented “Sugar Sean” also has close to 400,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel. Where he recently made headlines after posting a video of handing out thousands of dollars to random Walmart shoppers on Christmas Eve 2021.

Sean O’Malley’s net worth

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The measure of a fighter’s success is in dollars they stack up from a career in professional fisticuffs. It is still early days for O’Malley, but his net worth is estimated to be close to $600,000.