Sean O’Malley Eyes an Octagon Return in July Against Petr Yan

Published 04/14/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 14: Sean O’Malley poses on the scale during the UFC 252 weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley took to Twitter and came out with a rather opportunistic call-out of the former champion. O’Malley took aim at Petr Yan for a scrap in July as Yan’s slated next fight has been pushed back. ‘No Mercy’ was supposed to face off against Aljamain Sterling in their highly anticipated rematch from UFC 259.

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‘The Funkmaster’ secured the victory against Yan via disqualification after the Russian landed an illegal knee. Sterling was unable to continue fighting after being hit in the dome whilst grounded, and the fight was waved off in his favor. The MMA community has been pining to see both men finally face off and definitively crown the divisions’ champion.

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Sean O’Malley shoots his shot

While Yan had his next opponent in sight, things quickly changed when Aljamain Sterling announced he was going in for neck surgery. Sterling will most likely be out for the remainder of the year, leaving Petr Yan out in the cold. Chiefly, Sean O’Malley saw this as an opportunity to jump the ranks by possibly defeating the former champion.

Sean O’Malley is coming off a devastatingly impressive KO win over Thomas Almeida, which came in the third round. ‘Sugar’ was placed on the main card for UFC 260 in order to gain maximum exposure from the marquee card. O’Malley made the most use of his spotlight opportunity and took out the veteran in Almeida.

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Furthermore, O’Malley bounced back from the first loss of his pro career, which came just one fight earlier to Marlon Vera. ‘Chito’ immobilized Sean O’Malley with his kicks and secured the TKO win via ground strikes. O’Malley handled the loss in a rather unconventional manner and fans were wondering how he would bounce back.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 15: (L-R) Marlon Vera of Ecuador punches Sean O’Malley in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 252 event at UFC APEX on August 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Now that O’Malley has proven his detractors wrong, the surging contender is looking at a fast track towards the undisputed title. He is currently ranked just outside the top 15 and beating ‘No Mercy’ would make him the number one contender. While it’s unlikely that Petr Yan will go down this path of taking on Sean O’Malley, there’s certainly some bad blood brewing between them that would make for a compelling backstory if they do collide.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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