Sean O’Malley finishes Jose Quinonez in return

After two years away from the Octagon, Sean O’Malley returns with a first-round finish against Jose Quinonez at UFC 248.

Sean O’Malley defeated Jose Quinonez via TKO, Round 1 – 2:02 at UFC 248 on Saturday, March 7, 2020, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.

O’Malley scores a win in his first MMA bout in two years.

“It’s hard to put into words [how I feel],” O’Malley said in his post-fight interview. “Really can’t put it into words. It feels good…it’s the Sugar Show 2.0.”

Here’s how the fight played out:

Round 1

O’Malley pulls a few feints with his fists before a front kick to the body that briefly knocks Quinonez down. Another front kick by O’Malley, who’s bouncing around on the outside. Left hand by Quinonez. Right hand by Quinonez missed. Low sidekick by O’Malley missed. Low kick by O’Malley. Spinning back kick to the body only partially lands for O’Malley. O’Malley lands a left and Quinonez lands a low kick but missed a right. Another body kick by O’Malley. Right hand by O’Malley drops Quinonez! High kick lands for O’Malley, followed by an uppercut, and now he’s raining down blows! Dan Miragliotta steps in! “The Sugar Show” is back!

After going 7-0 to start his MMA career, O’Malley broke through into the UFC with a win on the second episode of Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), scoring a first-round knockout of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley defeated Terrion Ware in his official Octagon debut at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale and Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222. Injury and USADA issues have caused him to miss the last two years of competition, but O’Malley did compete in the Quintet Ultra grappling competition in December as part of the victorious Team UFC.

Quinonez’s UFC career began when he was a 3-1 fighter and competed in the bantamweight portion of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America, losing to Alejandro Perez in the finals. Entering tonight, Quinonez won five of six since that point. He was last in action at UFC Mexico City in September, defeating Carlos Huachin.

UFC 248 took place on Saturday, March 7, 2020, live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on-site for the whole week, for all your live results and highlights.

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