I’ll Probably Beat his A**’- Sean O’Malley Says Petr Yan Turned Down Fight Against Him

Published 06/08/2021, 9:43 AM EDT


‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley, one of the shiniest prospects of the UFC, is set to make a return to the octagon shortly. In his last outing, O’Malley ran through a veteran like Thomas Almeida. That performance had primed him for a big fight next.

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‘Suga’ left no stones unturned, calling out Pedro Munhoz, Dominick Cruz, and many other popular bantamweights on social media. He even called out former bantamweight champion Petr Yan as he struggled to secure a title fight. Yan, who infamously lost his belt to Aljamain Sterling via Disqualification, will face the champion next. Yet, O’Malley still went on and shot his shot.

“You know what? I knew I wasn’t going to get that Petr Yan fight. But, maybe, I was like, you never know. He might think I suck. I said you want a warmup match before your fight against Aljo, maybe he’ll take it,” O’Malley told The Schmo.

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Although one of the most popular faces in the bantamweight division, O’Malley is still young in his UFC run. He holds a record of 5-1 in the UFC, only getting finished once by Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera.
As mentioned earlier, he was looking forward to a big match-up against a fighter with a solid name after the Almeida fight.

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Instead, he will fight Louis Smolka. Smolka is a former flyweight and is 3-2 in the organization at the moment.

O’Malley and Yan’s Twitter back and forth

O’Malley believes it was smart of guys like Yan and others to avoid clashing with him. For the Yan callout, O’Malley mocked his DQ loss against Sterling on his IG. It even got a response from Yan. Yan dismissed the callout right away.

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“I think Petr is a smart little dude, and he knows that I’ll probably beat his ass and it’s probably best not to, cause he has a title fight waiting for him,” O’Malley said during the interview.

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A match-up between the former champ and the up-and-coming contender always has been a must-watch. Yan will face Sterling to get back his belt. Meanwhile, O’Malley still needs to break into the top 15 of the UFC’s bantamweight division. With momentum on O’Malley’s side, will he be successful in extending his winning streak at UFC 264? Let us know.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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