O'Malley won't perform again in 2023

Sean O'Malley
Sean O'Malley

UFC Bantamweight Champion Sean O'Malley said that he will most likely make the first defense of his title in the first quarter of next year.

“I really really wanted to fight in December. I called out Chito [Marlon Vera], but then I negotiated with the UFC and they already had their plan. They were working on the Edwards vs. Covington fight. Then they told me they wanted me to lead the tournament and that was amazing.

As far as I understand, UFC 300 will take place in April. It will be a great card, but again, I won’t get the main event. I think I’ll perform early,” the American said on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Let's remember that O'Malley won the belt in August at UFC 292, knocking out Aljamain Sterling.