Fighters react to Sean O’Malley beating Petr Yan at UFC 280



cfu Bantamweight contender Sean O’Malley passed the biggest test of his career with a three-round war against Petr Yan at UFC 280.

O’Malley and Yan squared off on the main card of UFC 280 in one of the most anticipated three-round bouts in recent UFC history. The winner would likely get the next title, as UFC President Dana White mentioned during fight week interviews.

Yan and O’Malley threw hands at each other within seconds of the fight, swinging with breathtaking rhythm and combinations. The two also fought in a few scrambles on the ground, with each fighter having their moments.

After three rounds of action, O’Malley was given the nod on the judges’ scorecards via a split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29), despite many fans and pundits scoring the fight for Yan.

UFC fighters go wild watching Sean O’Malley Vs. Petr Yan

See what UFC fighters had to say watch O’Malley versus Yan.

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Reaction to judges’ scorecards

O’Malley will likely be the next man in contention for a UFC bantamweight title with the split decision victory. He took a huge step forward in the competition and seized the opportunity in one of the best fights of 2022.

Going into UFC 280, O’Malley fought a no-contest against Pedro Munhoz due to an accidental eyeball. He won three straight fights before that, including the knockouts of Thomas Almeida and Raulian Paiva.

Yan has now lost consecutive split decisions after losing the title to Aljamain Sterling via disqualification at UFC 259. After the loss to DQ, he won the interim title over Cory Sandhagen at UFC 267.

Check out UFC 280 results and highlights here.

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