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.
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