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The UFC’s first PPV event following “Fight Island” has added an exciting bantamweight matchup.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Sean O’Malley will face Marlon Vera at UFC 252 following an announcement from “Sugar” on his YouTube channel on Saturday. The event will take place Aug. 15 at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
O’Malley has won all 12 of his professional bouts as he’s cracked the top-15 of one of the UFC’s deepest divisions. After a two-year layoff, the 25-year-old has picked up consecutive first-round finishes of Jose Quinones at UFC 248 and, most recently, Eddie Wineland at UFC 250.
Vera recently had his five-fight winning streak snapped via a controversial decision to Song Yadong at UFC on ESPN 8 in May. Prior to that bout, “Chito” finished all of his opponents during the impressive streak—which includes Frankie Saenz, Nohelin Hernandez and Andre Ewell.