A bantamweight matchup pitting Sean O'Malley against Thomas Almeida is expected for UFC 260.
O’Malley initially announced the bout on his YouTube channel, and multiple outlets subsequently reported that verbal agreements are in place. UFC 260 takes place on March 27 and is headlined by a heavyweight championship rematch between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou.
The 26-year-old O’Malley suffered his first loss in 13 professional outings at UFC 252, when he injured his ankle and then was stopped with elbows and punches by Marlon Vera 4:40 into the opening round of their Aug. 15 encounter. Prior to that, the Dana White’s Contender Series standout had established himself as a prospect to watch with UFC triumphs over Terrion Ware, Andre Soukhamthath, Jose Alberto Quinonez and Eddie Wineland.
Before O’Malley, Almeida was a red-hot bantamweight talent, with victories in his first 21 professional appearances — including four in the Octagon. The 29-year-old Sao Paulo native has spiraled downward since then, losing four of five bouts while competing infrequently. He is coming off a unanimous decision loss against Jonathan Martinez at UFC Fight Night 180 this past October, his first bout in more than two years.
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