SEAN O’MALLEY is on his way to superstardom and the bantamweight title after a brutal defeat of Petr Yan.
Dana White’s Contenders Series graduates faced a stacked UFC 280 card featuring the former bantamweight king in Abu Dhabi.
Many MMA fans thought 11th-ranked O’Malley’s clash with the Russian wrecking machine came too early in his career.
But they were ultimately proven wrong as he pulled off a split decision win stop against No Mercy to launch himself into the title shot.
And the American now has his sights set on the bantamweight throne.
He said, “I think people want to see me fight for the bantamweight title. So let’s give people what they want.”
Both men started the fight with a series of feints to try and read each other.
But Yan soon began applying pressure to erase the American’s range advantage.
The former champion found a home for a good body kick but ate two straight right hands moments later.
Yan changed the pace with a takedown mid-round, but was initially shrugged off.
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Two consecutive left hooks from Yan’s knee kick paved the way for a big takedown.
O’Malley managed to get back to his feet and landed a takedown himself before the buzzer went off.
Yan opened the second round with a hard body kick that put more pressure on O’Malley
But he was soon rocked by a big overhand left – although he returned the favor moments later before bringing the fight to the ground.
The Russian managed to land a series of punches in full cover but couldn’t keep O’Malley on his back.
O’Malley managed to get back to his feet but was grounded again by a beautiful muay thai sweep.
Suga managed to find his reach with his long jab that frustrated Yan – who started missing with telegraphed shots before the round ended.
O’Malley tried to stay long early in the third and final round and attempted to jab Yan.
The Montanan landed the best punch of the fight — a nasty knee to the head — mid-round and clipped Yan.
That didn’t deter the former champion, who rocked O’Malley with a large right hand.
Wanting to take the fight to the ground once more, Yan ended up landing an extended double leg. However, O’Malley managed to get back on his feet.
A huge left hook from Yan drew a massive bang from the crowd – who loved what they were seeing.
Yan appeared on course for a decision victory after securing another sweep and landing punches from full guard.
But the judges ultimately favored O’Malley’s impressive work, with two of them scoring 29-28 in his favor.
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6504761/ufc-280-results-sean-omalley-petr-yan/ UFC 280: Sean O’Malley bleeds Petr Yan with vicious knee to rush into BW title fight with decision win