O’Malley revealed Saturday on his YouTube channel that he’s slated to battle Vera at UFC 252, which is scheduled for Aug. 15 on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. O’Malley stated he’s signed his bout settlement.
“It’s signed on my facet,” O’Malley stated. “I don’t know if it’s signed on his facet, but it surely’s occurring. It’s taking place.”
MMA Junkie confirmed with Vera that he’s additionally signed, setting the stage for the 2 younger bantamweights to sq. off after feuding in latest weeks.
Late final month, O’Malley (12-Zero MMA, 4-Zero UFC) and Vera (15-6-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) traded barbs on social media. The 2 males have some historical past as they had been scheduled to battle in early 2019 at UFC 239, however their bout fell via after O’Malley was suspended by the U.S. Anti-Doping Company for six months.
O’Malley, who’s undefeated, returned from a two-year layoff earlier this 12 months and has received each of his bouts in 2020. He’s coming off a win over former WEC champion Eddie Wineland by scoring a “Knockout of the 12 months” candidate June 6 at UFC 250. In the meantime, Vera fought in mid-Might and misplaced an in depth resolution to Music Yadong, which snapped a five-fight successful streak.
With addition, UFC 252 now contains:
- Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title
- Junior Dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik
- Sean O’Malley vs. Marlon Vera
- Livinha Souza vs. Ashley Yoder
- Magomed Ankalaev vs. Ion Cutelaba
- Felice Herrig vs. Virna Jandiroba
- Rogerio Bontorin vs. Manel Kape
- Zelim Imadaev vs. Laureano Staropoli