Sean O'Malley Reviews UFC 280 Clash Vs. Petr Yan

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UFC 280 is in the rearview mirror for the most part. The event took place on October 22 in Abu Dhabi and featured a card headlined by a lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira.

However, the main event is not the match in the headlines right now. On the main card, Sean O'Malley took on Petr Yan. The fight went all three rounds and came down to the judge's decision.

At the end of the day, O'Mally took the victory on a split decision. The decision clearly surprised Yan and many UFC fans. Now, the new #1 ranked fighter in the bantamweight division is speaking out about the fight.

Respect In Losing

Speaking on his YouTube channel, O'Malley shared his belief that he would receive more respect had the result gone the other way.

“If I would have lost that fight, people would have put a lot more respect on my name,” O’Malley said. “They’d be like, ‘Damn, you lost, but the motherf**ker’s good.’ Now, it’s like, ‘He what? He what? You’ve got to be sh*tting me!’ But the people that are mad that I won are people that said I was supposed to get whooped.”

Round 1 Review

O'Malley then began rewatching the fight. As he did, he began breaking down his thoughts on the fight round by round.

“Round 1, I thought it was a close round,” O’Malley said. “I did more ‘damage.’ He got a couple of takedowns, (but) didn’t really do anything with the takedowns. If you want to talk about getting takedowns, I got a takedown at the end of the round.

"Technically, that was two points – hit his knees, I took him down. … I definitely did more damage. I think the criteria of judging a fight per round – just watch the fight: Who looked like they inflicted more damage? Round 1, I definitely could see how people gave me the round. (It was a) close round for sure."

Hiding The Neck

For Round 2, O'Malley explained that was also extremely close. Round 3, however, was his best round. There was just one issue he had during the round.

"A couple of those takedowns people were saying, too – I fell for a guillotine up against the cage. I didn’t have his neck. He was good at hiding his neck," O'Malley said.

'A Sh**y Attempt'

O'Malley continued his analysis of the third round, mentioning his attempt to hit Yan with a trip he did successfully throughout his sparring sessions. However, things didn't go according to plan.

"Then I tried to hit him with that little trip he hit me, which drives me crazy that he got me on that because I was hitting everybody in sparring with that sh*t. Right at the end of Round 3, I tried it on him, failed and ended up on my back. You could call it a takedown, but it was more of just a sh*tty attempt on my end. But he didn’t do any damage on top," he said.

I have experience covering sports going back to 2014. Major The Last of Us fan. #1 Jar Jar Binks propagandist. I am currently pursuing a degree in communications.

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