“I Don’t Think I Lost the Fight”: Petr Yan Opens Up About Sean O’Malley UFC Loss

Published 02/23/2023, 6:15 AM EST

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MMA fans believe that there has been a severe lapse of judgments in UFC’s recent matches. Bantamweight star Sean O’Malley received a lot of backlash after his controversial win at UFC 280 against Petr Yan. Moreover, ‘No Mercy’ has opened up about his loss to ‘Suga’ in a recent interview with the UFC media.

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Petr Yan (MMA record of 16 wins and 4 losses) has lost three out of his last four fights in the UFC. However, his loss to Sean O’Malley at UFC 280 came as a shock to many people. Many felt the Russian fighter dominated the whole bout. However, ‘Suga’ was able to grab the victory via a unanimous decision.

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The former UFC bantamweight champion was furious over the decision and even tipped to leave the UFC. Many fans believe that he was unlucky to lose not only against O’Malley but also his previous two defeats as well. UFC Russia’s media team recently took Petr Yan’s interview where he shared his thoughts on the loss at UFC 280.

Petr Yan gives his take on UFC 280 loss to Sean O’Malley

Petr Yan talked about his loss to ‘Suga’ and claimed that he did not lose the fight. He said, “I don’t think I lost the fight one-on-one.” He added, “I understand (people) may think I was upset for a long time. But my time is passing by.” Petr Yan acknowledges the fact that he doesn’t have the time to be upset. He said, “I need to either act or remain inactive. So I decided to act, and that is to fight.” 

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Petr Yan was asked if he had made any changes to make sure that he avoids the judgemental errors by UFC judges. He said, “Every fight is different in its own way, unpredictable. So you definitely need to make some tactical changes.” ‘No Mercy’ believes that judges play no part when fighters go out to find inside the octagon. “In general, you probably don’t need the judges when you go out to fight. You need to try as confidently as possible what you want to do,” said Petr Yan.

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Petr Yan will be hoping to break the losing streak with a win against Merab Dvalishvili in his upcoming fight at the upcoming UFC Vegas 71 on March 11. He will be fighting in the main event of the evening and would look forward to getting back into the title contention.

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What are your thoughts on Petr Yan’s UFC future? Drop your comments below.

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Himanga Mahanta

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