Undefeated Bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley talked about the financial burden caused by his issues with the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
“Sugar” Sean O’Malley is scheduled to fight Jose Alberto Quinonez on this weekend’s UFC 248 card in Las Vegas. It will be the first time he has stepped foot in the UFC Octagon to fight in nearly 2 years.
He last competed in the UFC in March 2018, when he overcame a leg injury to win against Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision. O’Malley was suspended by USADA, which has resulted in him being out of action this whole time.
He initially tested positive for trace amounts of Ostarine in October 2018, which forced him to be removed from his fight against Quinonez at UFC 229. O’Malley received a 6-month ban for the failed test, which was later attributed to a contaminated supplement.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the end of it for O’Malley. In May of 2019, he again tested positive for Ostarine. This forced him to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 239 bout against Marlon “Chito” Vera.
In the end, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) came to a conclusion that the positive test result was, in fact, a result of his previous ingestion of Ostarine from a contaminated supplement. For this reason USADA decided not to suspend O’Malley. Regardless, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) still issued a temporary suspension.
To make matters worse for “Sugar” Sean, he required a hip surgery, which pushed back his return even further.
In a recent interview with The Atlantic, O’Malley talked about the financial burden he incurred during this ordeal.
“I mean, how much is a lawyer for a year and a half?” O’Malley said. “And then each supplement is $1,000 to test. We tested about 20 supplements. So, I don’t know. Some fucking crazy number. Something stupid that hasn’t necessarily paid off.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 6th March, 2020.