A pair of people with recordsdata of the promotion’s plans told MMA Stopping O’Malley and Smolka have verbally agreed to fulfill, even though contracts have no longer yet been signed. Journalist Ryan Frederick used to be first to list the news.
O’Malley returns to the octagon after a highlight-reel knockout of Thomas Almeida at UFC 260, which build him encourage in the draw cease column after an ankle danger preceded a TKO loss to Marlon Vera at UFC 252. The setback used to be O’Malley’s first in the octagon after a four-fight a success trot broken only by a trek-in with the U.S. Anti-Doping Company over a scandalous supplement.
Smolka will be on the upswing after a TKO victory over Jose Alberto Quinonez this past December at UFC Vegas 16. The draw cease used to be a rebound after a submission loss to Casey Kenney this past Might per chance. The 29-year-extinct stale has bounced between wins and losses in his past five outings.
UFC 264 marks the promotion’s return to the T-Cell Arena after a long residency on the UFC APEX in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.