UFC bantamweight star Sean O’Malley has stated that he is the perfect candidate to defeat the current UFC interim bantamweight champion Petr Yan who is undefeated in the UFC. Petr Yan became the UFC bantamweight champion after he defeated Jose Aldo for the vacant UFC bantamweight championship. In his first title defense, he lost the title to Aljamain Sterling via disqualification. He was then scheduled to fight Sterling in a rematch but Sterling pulled out due to an injury and was replaced by Cory Sandhagen. The duo then fought for the interim championship. Petr Yan went on to win that fight via decision.
Sean O’Malley hasn’t fought any top guy in the bantamweight division apart from Chito Vera. He lost the fight to Vera via TKO as he faced an ankle injury in that fight. But part from that loss Sean O’Malley has had an amazing run in the UFC. O’Malley is now scheduled to face Raulian Paiva on December 11, 2021, at UFC 269. Ahead of this matchup, he has generated beef with many fellow bantamweights. One of the guys he is really looking forward to fighting is Petr Yan.
When asked about Petr Yan in his interview, he stated that he really like and appreciated Yan as a fighter and also feel that he is a great matchup for Yan. Sean O’Malley also said that he feels that he is the only guy in the bantamweight division who can defeat Petr Yan.
“I want to fight Petr Yan. I know he’s the champ and you have to beat certain people to get that fight, but that’s a fight I want eventually,” O’Malley said to ESPN. “Even if he’s not the champ, that’s a fight I want. I think he’s one of the best pound-for-pound, top-three fighters in the world. I love his style, his boxing, the way he switches stances, covers up, his defense. He’s just so good. Every time he gets in there, it’s impressive. I like his humor, too. Obviously there’s a language barrier, but I enjoy his comedy on Twitter. He calls me a poodle. I find him very funny.”
“I can compete with Petr,” O’Malley said. “He has more high-level experience with guys – (Jose) Aldo, Cory (Sandhagen), Urijah (Faber). … But I think I’m just a different animal.”
Do you guys think that Sean O’Malley can defeat Petr Yan if they fight in near future?
- Sean O’Malley is confident that he will be able to defeat Petr Yan if they ever fight
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