Marlon Vera replaces injured Bryan Caraway against Jimmie Rivera

Marlon Vera Speaks On Sean O’Malley’s UFC 239 Pullout

Marlon Vera doesn’t know if Sean O’Malley is gaming the system or is a victim, but he’s ready to move on.

Vera was scheduled to take on O’Malley on the UFC 239 card. The bout would’ve taken place inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Instead, O’Malley is unable to compete due to a trace amount of ostarine being found in his system again. O’Malley says this case falls in line with a residual substance and not the result of a new ingestion.

MMAJunkie.com spoke to “Chito” on losing his UFC 239 opponent. Vera had the following to say:

“(Expletive) him. I don’t know what’s happening. I really don’t know if he’s really cheating or not. Again, (expletive) that guy. He was just an opponent, and I’ll wait for another guy. Hopefully, they can find me a replacement. If they don’t do it, then I cannot stress for stuff I cannot control.”

Vera said he isn’t going to speculate on whether or not O’Malley is telling the truth. “Chito” simply wants to move forward:

“(Some) people say, ‘(Expletive) the cheaters.’ (Some) people say, ‘He’s not cheating. It’s a Jon Jones situation.’ Honestly, I really don’t know. I really don’t understand because technically he tested positive last time, and this time he tested positive because he kept showing the same stuff as last time. I really don’t understand if he’s cheating. I’ll just let the professionals do their job, and I’ll do my job, too – go and fight someone else. …

“It’s the second time he tested positive. It’s weird because a couple of guys from that gym tested positive, too, so I don’t know what’s going on. But I don’t (expletive) care. I’ll keep my mind positive and keep going forward. Acceptance over everything. You’ve got to accept this stuff that is happening. It is what it is. There’s nothing I can do, right?”

Time will tell if the UFC is able to find a replacement opponent for Vera. UFC 239 takes place on July 6.