Sean O’Malley wanted to be the first fighter to knock out Pedro Munhos. Instead, he and his Brazilian opponent left the Octagon winless after she snapped an accidental peek at the UFC 276 pay-per-view opener.
Referee Jason Herzog canceled the match on the advice of the cage doctor at 3:09 of the second round after Munhus said he couldn’t see out of one of his eyes. The crowd loudly booed the call, though O’Malley then raised his hands as if victorious.
Speculation about the severity of the injury surfaced online as the fighters digested the disappointing end to another competitive match. Here’s what the fighters had to say about O’Malley vs. Munhoz at UFC 276.
I urge all the fans who are sneering at peek-a-boo take a peek and then carry on with another killer fight… you name it #UFC276
– Casey O’Neill (@kingcaseymma) 3 July 2022
Shit, at least take five fucking minutes and try to recover. He wants a lucky decision right? He won the first round so he just wanted to get out really fast I guess
– Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) 3 July 2022
O’Malley showed great composure. Pedro fought his fight, winning 2-0 with little movement imo #UFC276
Derek Bronson 3 July 2022
It’s a pity for Suga and Pedro
– Adrian Yanez (@yanezmma) 3 July 2022
Looks like no finger got into my eye, but I’m not into it. ♂️ RE: Munhoz vs. O’Malley.
– Kennyflorian 3 July 2022