One of the hottest and most hyped prospects in UFC history, Sean O’Malley of the Contenders series fame took on another prospect in Andre Soukhamthath. Here are the highlights.
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Sean O’Malley (born October 24, 1994) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Bantamweight division of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). O’Malley was featured on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, winning by knockout. O’Malley trains in Glendale, Arizona at The MMA Lab lead by head trainer John Crouch. O’Malley fought his first five fights of his career in Montana, before leaving to fight in North Dakota and eventually fought for Legacy Fighting Alliance where he got a highlight reel knockout over David Nuzzo. After his win over Nuzzo, O’Malley earned a spot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series when he took on Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley beat Khashakyan with a stunning knockout in the first round and was awarded a UFC contract.
Andre Soukhamthath (Lao: ອານເດຣ ສຸຄຳທັດ, born October 23, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. Soukhamthath began competing in soccer as a youngster where he was a standout goalie. He began training in mixed martial arts in 2009. He is the first Lao-American fighter signed to the UFC. Soukhamthath compiled an amateur record of 1-2 before making his professional debut in 2011. He competed on the regional scene, almost exclusively for CES MMA in his native state of Rhode Island. He was the reigning CES MMA Bantamweight Champion when he was signed to the UFC in early 2017.
UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will be held on March 3, 2018, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area. A UFC Featherweight Championship bout between current champion Max Holloway and former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar was expected to serve as the event headliner. The pairing was initially expected to take place three months earlier at UFC 218. However, Edgar pulled out of the fight citing an eye injury. In turn, Holloway pulled out of this bout on February 3, due to a leg injury and the matchup was scrapped.
On the same day of Holloway’s withdrawal, the UFC reportedly pursued a UFC Bantamweight Championship bout between current champion T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Cody Garbrandt to headline this event, in what would be a rematch of their UFC 217 encounter, in which Dillashaw recaptured the title with a TKO win. However, Dillashaw declined the offer citing a few reasons: the recent birth of his first child, not being in a training camp, disbelief that Garbrandt deserves the title shot, as well as a targeted UFC Flyweight Championship challenge against the champion Demetrious Johnson (who is currently recovering from a surgery).