With but every other critical Conor McGregor PPV on the horizon, the UFC couldn’t resist the bogus to give one of their hottest prospects of challenge to shine within the highlight. Wrestling Observer’s Ryan Frederick changed into as soon as first to checklist the news, nevertheless MMA Combating has since confirmed that the realm’s largest MMA promotion is putting collectively a bout between ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley and Louis Smolka for his or her July 10th PPV card.
O’Malley (13-1) will enter this bout new off a third round destruction of Thomas Almeida relief at UFC 260: Miocic vs. Ngannou 2. That victory supplied the 26-year-mature with a firm leap-relief from the first loss of his expert career, a TKO stoppage by the palms of Marlon Vera within the co-main tournament of UFC 262.
For Smolka (17-7) this fight will rate his first return to action since a December 2020 victory over Jose Alberto Quinonez on the UFC Wrestle Night: Hermansson vs. Vettori undercard. ‘Da Final Samurai’ is 3-2 since making his return to the Octagon in 2018, after a transient stint relief on the regionals. Sooner than the Quinonez exhaust, Smolka suffered a most critical round submission loss to Casey Kenney relief in Might per chance perchance presumably of closing year.
UFC 264 takes self-discipline in Las Vegas, NV. The headliner is anticipated to characteristic the trilogy bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. A welterweight high contender’s bout pitting Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson is additionally put for the PPV card. Protect tuned to Bloody Elbow for extra news and fight booking as the tournament approaches.