One of the most well-known athletes to come out of Montana has some exciting news for his upcoming fight.

After football, the most popular sport locals watch regularly is probably mixed martial arts. The combination of wrestling and boxing means that anything can happen whether you are an amateur or professional fighter.

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The Ulitmate Fighting Championship is the top of this sport, with athletes fighting to win a championship belt. Fighters from countries all over the world compete in different weight classes.

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The current champion and one of the most electric fighters in the UFC is from Montana.

Sean O'Malley was born and raised in Helena and had his first few professional fights in arenas around Montana. Sean O'Malley caught the eye of UFC President Dana White and appeared on his Contender Series, which earned him a UFC contract.

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Since then, Sean O'Malley has been knocking out fighters consistently and earned a chance to win the Bantamweight Title this past August at UFC 292 against Aljamain Sterling.

O'Malley won in typical fashion with a TKO and claimed the UFC belt for his division. What's next for O'Malley? Something exciting for fans.

After being interviewed by The Bloody Elbow, O'Malley revealed his title defense might be sooner than you think. O"Malley says the UFC wants him to headline his event in early 2024.

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O'Malley will likely headline UFC 297 in January or UFC 298 in February. That would be massive for this young and exciting fighter.

Who will O'Malley fight? It will be a rematch against Sterling or the #2 ranked fighter, Merab Dvalishvil. It will be an intense and exciting fight for all those who watch.

Sean O'Malley, you have Big Sky Country cheering for you whenever you may fight. Good luck.

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