On Saturday, much-hyped UFC fighter Suga Sean O’Malley suffered his first loss to Marlon Vera when he mysteriously collapsed on the ground due to what looked to be an apparent ankle injury before Vera was able to finish him off on the ground.
— Hasnain Shah (@Hasnainshah77) August 16, 2020
Many believed a perfectly placed kick by Vera caused the injury to O’Malley.
Watch the kick land at 2:54. Then O’Malley starts having issues planting on his right foot. It’s wasn’t dumb luck. @chitoveraUFC injured O’Malley with a proper leg kick. #ImmigrantMentality pic.twitter.com/qLw7Gt5fSr
— Fight Oracle ™ (@fightoracle) August 16, 2020
On his podcast on Thursday, O’Malley denies that a kick caused the injury and says a tight ankle brace was to blame.
Breaking: Sean O’Malley’s problems were not caused by the perfectly placed kick of Marlon “Chito” Vera. The problems actually stem from his foot falling asleep due to a super tight ankle brace… pic.twitter.com/X5tHAh1CYO
— MMA OUTSIDER (@mma__outsider) August 20, 2020
my fucking shit was way too tight, Alright, we’re gonna walk,’ I go, ‘Hey (movement coach) Brandon (Harris), do you think you can fucking loosen up my ankle brace, it’s fucking tight.’
O’Malley is not giving Vera any credit for the win and even called his opponent a “bitch’ for celebrating the victory.
“I’m going to be a f**king world champ,he’s going to be a journeyman.”
“He gets lucky and beats me & jumps up like he’s f**king won the lottery. That just showed me what kind of a bitch he was.”
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) August 20, 2020
Let’s look at his career in five years, let’s look at mine,” O’Malley said. “I’m going to be fucking world champion, he’s going to be a fucking journeyman. That’s just what his style is. He wins some, he loses some. He’s slow, but he’s gritty, so he’s going to be able to finish some people after they beat him up for a while. The way his pace was, super slow like that, and I was exploding into shots, I wasn’t gonna get tired and I was just gonna beat his ass.
“I don’t know if I was gonna get a finish in that first round. He was tough and he was patient, which was fine, because that’s easier for me, he wasn’t doing anything, he was standing there. It f**king sucks.”
Dude, I knock out Eddie Wineland, I peace,” O’Malley said. “That was easy. He gets lucky and beats me and jumps up like he just f**king won the lottery, that just showed me what kind of a b*tch he was.”
O’Malley is likely to get a second crack at Vera whenever he chooses to come back.