Sean O’Malley has booked his next fight against Petr Yan.
Coming off a no-contest against Pedro Munhoz earlier this month at UFC 276, O’Malley already has his eyes set on his next target. While Munhoz was considered a major jump up in competition for O’Malley, his next opponent will be an even higher jump.
Sean O’Malley will fight Petr Yan at UFC 280
In an appearance on ESPN MMA’s DC & RC show, “Suga” Sean revealed that he will fight the former interim title holder Yan in his next outing.
“I’m getting the fight that I wanted, and the fight that the people want. I’m fighting Petr Yan, on October 22nd, Abu Dhabi. I’m so excited for this. I almost can’t believe it’s real, it’s happening, yeah, Petr Yan October 22nd.
“I feel like my last four or five fights have just been on stacked cards and every time I feel like I’m the main event but Islam vs. Charles is massive. I think (RC) said it right, Charles is defending his belt. Aljo vs. TJ, super interesting fight. Then, me vs. Petr, it’s crazy. Just those three alone could be the whole card and it’s an absolute banger.”
O’Malley believes he’s better than Yan
“Suga” Sean praised Yan’s performance in his first bout with the champion Aljamain Sterling and expressed his excitement at the fight.
“In my eyes, Petr, well, he’s obviously the number one contender right now, pretty much one and one against Aljo. He whooped Aljo the first fight then he kinda got whooped up in the second fight but he could be considered the champion. The whole top five really.
“The way Petr beat Jose Aldo was one of my favorite performances of Petr Yan so going in there and stepping up against a guy like Petr is exciting, it’s motivating, and it’s the biggest fight in the bantamweight division right now. I think it’s bigger than Aljo vs. TJ.”
O’Malley is confident he will beat Yan.
“I believe I’m better than Petr at what we’re going to do and that’s f**king fighting. I’m better than Petr and I truly believe that and I think that’s what is going to get the job done.
“I’m going to go in there more prepared than Petr, I’m going to go in there and just do what I do. Obviously, putting Petr’s lights out would be massive but I just need to go in there and get the job done against Petr Yan.”
UFC 280 is shaping up to be quite the card with the latest addition. It will be headlined by a title fight between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev.