Sean O’Malley thinks the bookmakers are wrong.
O’Malley will take on former bantamweight champion Petr Yan in the UFC 280 main event. It’s the biggest opportunity of the young star’s career, but at least according to the numbers, it’s also the biggest challenge as bookmakers set O’Malley as underdog +310 (implying a 24.4 percent chance of winning), which Suga didn’t expect.
“I think if you were to ask the smartest guys, the best fighters in the world, ‘What do you guys think?’ They’re like, “God, I don’t know. It’s hard! But if you ask random people, they say, “Oh, Peter is going to smoke him out.” He’s a 3-1 underdog or something like that,” O’Malley said. Helen Yee. “I’m a little surprised, but I also understand it from other people’s point of view. But I think I’m better than Petr Yan and I believe I’m going to go out and kick his ass, so I’m a little surprised.”
O’Malley cannot be completely wrong about this. Earlier this year, Daniel Cormier revealed that he and fellow UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov discussed O’Malley and praised Suga’s skills and abilities, which, according to O’Malley, only confirms his point.
“Like I said about the high level fighters, when they talk about my fight with Peter, I think the high level fighters see that I’m a real bastard,” O’Malley said. “I’m not just freaky and doing this crazy shit. I have legal skills. So it was really cool. Hearing something like that from Khabib, he’s one of the GOATs, so it was really cool.”
If O’Malley can prove that the doubters are wrong about Yang, it will unlock a whole new level of superstardom. He is currently the second-best bantamweight in the world, second only to the champion, and a win will almost certainly guarantee O’Malley a shot at defeating the winner of the Aljamain Sterling vs. T.J. Dillashaw title fight, which will also take place at UFC 280. So, when Oct.22 finally arrives, O’Malley thinks we’ll see his best performance yet.
“I wish this fight was in two weeks, I wish I was in Abu Dhabi right now, I wish it was a week of fighting! I wish I could fight in five days,” O’Malley said. “I am so excited about this opportunity. I believe Peter will bring the best out of me. I thought Pedro Munhos was going. People talk about this fight, it was blah blah blah. He never hit me. Let’s just say that things didn’t go his way. But I think Peter will help me better and it will be an exciting fight.”
Results. Benson Henderson defeats Peter Qualley by lopsided decision, Yoel Romero fires Melvin Manhoef at Bellator Dublin.
Results. Kyouji Horiguchi sleeping “Kintaro” with arm triangle choke in RIZIN 28.
Boxing. Floyd Mayweather stops Mikuru Asakura at the end of the second round of the Super Rizin main event.
Debut. Cris Cyborg defeats Simona Silva by decision in his boxing debut.
Right. Dana White: Khamzat Chimaev vs. Nate Diaz ‘wouldn’t be good’
Claim. Eddie Hearn is reportedly filing a $100 million libel suit against Jake Paul after a fight to amend the charges.
Mirko Crocop, 2006
The best flyweight submission in UFC history.
Paddy Pimblet and Molly McCann at Conor McGregor’s pub.
Caricature of Leon Edwards headbutting.
CURSE! They were good. Career celebration “King of Rio” José Aldo.
Live from a shitty hot factory pic.twitter.com/INperp48oj
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 25, 2022
A reversal side kick in the face, followed by a knee jump into the granary. pic.twitter.com/7G1rctxcsY
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 26, 2022
I admit, this one is solid.
Shocking. Tommy usually pulls out. https://t.co/EjXCOnhpaM
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) September 25, 2022
Sean O’Malley will be very surprised.
I’ll be surprised if I get hit once
— Sean O’Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) September 24, 2022
Accusations from Cat Zingano.
This bitch went into boxing when I earned my title shot against her and says I’m running?! It’s one way to avoid drug tests, you fucking juice box. https://t.co/0htMvuPJQn
— Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) September 24, 2022
Terrence McKinney stayed with The Rock.
Expensive @Rock I texted you but you still don’t call lol Na but it’s definitely a problem actually. The Rock was a cog in the WWE machine so he knows what it’s like to be told what to do so you think he won’t do it. turn around and do it to someone else, but here we are https://t.co/XmWrWKKpqt
— Terrence “T Wrecks” McKinney (@twrecks155) September 25, 2022
Good business idea.
I bet there are MMA fans out there eager to take a peek behind the scenes. I want to start offering a life experience with every fight. pic.twitter.com/D0O76dfTJi
— Beast Boy (@MikeDavisMMA) September 24, 2022
Jimi Manuva wants to expand.
Who is the real LHW champion?
— JIMI MANUVA (@POSTERBOYJM) September 25, 2022
Now that’s Angela Hill’s talent.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) September 25, 2022
Shaylan Nuerdanbike (37-10) against Darrick Miner (26-13); UFC Fight Night, November 5th.
Derrick Lewis (26-10) against Sergey Spivak (15-3); UFC Fight Night, November 19th.
Chris Curtis (29-9) against Joaquin Buckley (15-5); UFC 282, December 10th.
Jeff Molina (11-2) against Jimmy Flick (16-5); UFC Fight Night, January 14th.
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