The bantamweight fighter would be shown on camera during the event and he pulled a joint out before pretended to smoke it, which apparently didn’t anger the UFC too much.
“I kept smiling at [UFC official] Heidi [Dean] who had just told us that we’re going to get on camera because I knew that she wasn’t going to be happy with me, but she wasn’t too mad. She was the one who said, ‘Okay, you guys are going to be on camera in 3,2,1,’ and I kept smiling at her but she didn’t know why, but I think she did then,” he said on The MMA Hour.
O’Malley isn’t the first fighter to pull out a joint during a live UFC broadcast, as Nate Diaz did the same thing a few months back.
One thing O’Malley did before pulling out the joint was to warn Dern about what was about to take place.
“I told her before; I warned her. Well, I told her right before and she said, ‘Okay’. Mackenzie is cool. She’s been training at The MMA Lab for three years, so I’ve known her for a while,” says O’Malley.
This was also one of the few public appearances O’Malley has made since getting surgery on his foot after UFC 222.