Sean O’Malley Reveals Feeling Concussed Immediately Following UFC 280 Bout

Sean O'Malley talks about his health both prior to and following his UFC 280 win over Petr Yan in Abu Dhabi.

Sean O'Malley
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Sean O’Malley was feeling the effects of his fight with Petr Yan afterward. 

In the wake of the UFC 280 fight card that went down in Abu Dhabi on Oct. 22, one man may have earned himself a title shot. Sean O’Malley set out to prove his haters wrong and take down the number one-ranked Petr Yan, and that is exactly what he did. O’Malley came into the fight ranked 11th in the bantamweight division and stepped out in the number one spot. The bout was a hard-fought war that saw O’Malley get his hand raised after a split decision. 

Despite some calls of robbery following the fight, especially by Yan and his team, O’Malley could be looking at a title shot in the near future. The young up-and-comer has risen up the rankings and because of his fight style and big personality has become a fan favorite. With his bright-colored hair and stoner attitude, it is easy to look past the professionalism and skills of O’Malley but he has shown that he is serious about fighting on several occasions. 

Sean O’Malley is crediting his work ethic and training program for his success 

O’Malley has both taken some heat and gotten some praise following his win over Yan. It was a close and hard-hitting fight. O’Malley is crediting his intense preparation for his success in the bout. He spoke about this while he was a guest on the IMPAULSIVE show with Logan Paul. 

“I rewatched that left hand a few times, I don’t know,” he said. “I think it goes to show how good a shape I was in and how I did everything right. Because if I wasn’t in as good a shape if I didn’t eat as good as I did, if I didn’t sleep as good as I did, if I didn’t take that camp for 12 weeks as seriously as I did that left hand would have put me out.”

Despite the great preparation, O’Malley still took damage in the bout. Some fellow fighters including Khabib Nurmagomedov thought the bout should have been scored for Yan. Even when the scores were being read O’Malley looked a bit concerned, but he has now revealed it was just due to the damage and effect of a hard-fought war. 

“I was concussed and my heart rate was 200 for like fifteen minutes,” he explained. “I mean, you get concussed and you get hit in the head but right after the fight, I was just like, holy f–k but I have rewatched it, and in my mind, a little bias, I won rounds one and three. Damage for sure. I don’t even think it’s that arguable.”

There have been a few other names thrown into the mix for the next title shot against champion Aljamain Sterling, but O’Malley has inserted himself right into the mix. At this point, he could just wait and see how things play out over the next several months and possibly fight in a number one contender bout next. 

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