UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor
“Sugar” Sean O’Malley was expected to square off against Jose Alberto Quinonez on the preliminary card of UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor, which is held this coming Sunday (AWST) in Las Vegas. The 10-fight undefeated bantamweight took it to social media announcing that his fight has been cancelled, due to USADA investigation.
“I want to be the first to let you know about what’s going on,” O’Malley posted on Instagram on Monday. “As many of you have seen, the UFC announced this weekend that they are no longer announcing potential violations of the USADA program, because of the high number of unintentional use cases under the program. and are instead waiting until the end. I find myself caught up in one of those exact cases right now. Even under the new policy, my case would not be public right now, I feel it’s important to be upfront and honest with my fans about why I’m not fighting next weekend.
I’ve been working with Jeff Novitzky at UFC and I believe that we have already identified a dietary supplement that would have caused this. We’ve sent remaining samples from the bottle I took to the USADA lab as well as a full sealed bottle. I’m told that the testing of these supplements can take as long as 30 days.
I will continue to update you all about the findings, but I fully expect the results will be what I already know, that I did nothing on purpose.
For everyone that follows me and was excited for my fight I’m truly sorry. It hurts a lot not being able to get out there and do what I love on the biggest stage.
I have no intention of cheating and am fully confident that the results of this case will show that. I love my fans and I hope the impact on my career is minimal and I’m back to fighting real soon.”
💔 Just a speed bump on the way to greatness. https://t.co/IW0l2EV5Fg
— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) September 30, 2018
In his most recent bout O’Malley scored a unanimous decision against Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222 in March. Before that he defeated Terrion Ware, Alfred Khashakyan, among others.
The promotion is yet to comment the issue as well as whether Jose Alberto Quinonez (7-0) remains on the card, facing off a replacement opponent.
UFC 229 is headlined by the former two-division titleholder Conor McGregor who takes on the defending lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. The bout has been dubbed “the biggest fight in UFC history”.