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Sean O’Malley Reveals He Is Still Dealing With Hand Injuries Following July Clash With Kris Moutinho

O’Malley has revealed that he is still dealing with hand injuries off the back of his dominant knockout win over Moutinho last month.

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UFC bantamweight contender, ‘Suga’ Sean O’Malley has revealed that more than a month beyond his UFC 264 main card opener against promotional newcomer, Kris Moutinho, he is still experiencing issues with his hands off the back of his one-sided, eventual third round knockout victory.

O’Malley, who opened the main card of the promotion’s return to the T-Mobile Arena — out-landed promotional debutante, Moutinho with ease over the course of three rounds, managing to set a promotional record for total strikes landed in a bantamweight fight, before scoring an eventual third round standing knockout victory as referee, Herb Dean intervened.

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Landing 77 separate strikes in the first round, 70 in the second, and a stunning 83 in the third round, O’Malley revealed afterwards during his post-fight press conference that he was dealing with hand injuries as a result of striking Moutinho in their main card curtain-raiser. 

Speaking during a recent interview with The Schmo — O’Malley claimed that whilst teaching during a seminar with head-coach, Tim Welch recently, he experienced hand and knuckle pain as a result of his bout over a month ago against Moutinho.

I did a seminar today. And Tim (Welch) and I were teaching something where we punched his hand, his open hand,” O’Malley said. “And my knuckle is just still hurting from that dude’s head. He’s fighting before me, and I beat him up. How does that work? My knuckles still hurt from his f*cking head.

As O’Malley mentioned, Moutinho has since booked his second Octagon walk following their Fight of the Night showing — clashing with Aaron Philips on October 23. in a bantamweight clash in his sophomore UFC outing. 

For Dana White’s Contender Series product, O’Malley — the 26-year-old revealed recently that the promotion had offered him a UFC 268 pairing against former lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar on November 6. at Madison Square Garden, however, he rejected the bout agreement — resulting in an apparent outburst from Sean Shelby who, in turn, encouraged him to “hang out with 6ix9ine” instead of fighting.

The UFC has since booked a UFC 268 pairing between Edgar and the #13 ranked contender, Marlon Vera for the MSG pay-per-view event, whilst O’Malley, who suffered an August knockout loss to Vera last year, has yet to seal a third Octagon walk of the year. 

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