At UFC 280, O’Malley took home a split decision win over Yan, in a result that had many calling the outcome a robbery, and raised rumors that Yan wants to move on from the UFC. But for O’Malley, now the UFC’s No. 1-ranked bantamweight, it was just a damn good fight.
“Woke up this morning, ranked No. 1 in the world! S*** ain’t photoshopped,” O’Malley said on his YouTube channel. “It does feel good. It’s crazy. If I would have lost that fight, people would put a lot more respect on my name. ‘Damn, he lost but that motherf*****’s good.’ Now it’s like, ‘He won?! He won?! You’ve got to be s****** me!’ But the people that are made that I won are the one’s that said I was supposed to get whooped. Like, ‘Sean’s lucky it’s not five rounds.’ Well, my best round was my third round...
“Round one I thought was a close round. I definitely did more damage. He got a couple takedowns, 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. That was two points, hit his knees, I took him down. So if you guys want to talk about takedowns, why is nobody talking about my takedown? I didn’t do s*** with it but he didn’t do s*** with his either, really. I definitely did more damage...Round one, I definitely can see how people gave me the round. Close round, for sure.
“Round two was even pretty close. I cracked him, he cracked me back. I can see how you’d give him the round, for sure though... And then round three was definitely my best round. For sure did way more damage round three.”
The fight was undoubtedly close, with O’Malley out-landing Yan statistically but giving up a considerable amount of control time to the former champion. Still, a number of fans and fighters were apoplectic with the decision, but O’Malley maintains that anyone crying “robbery” are completely off the mark.
“You wanted me to lose in the first place,” O’Malley said. “A robbery? How is it [a robbery]? Third round, I won, second round, he won, first round was close as f*** and I did more damage. It’s not really a robbery, it was a close fight. A really, really close fight... If that was Cory [Sandhagen] vs. Petr or anyone else vs. Petr and they got the nod, I wonder how much the narrative would change. Like, ‘Yeah, I could see that.’ But since it’s me and people f****** hate me because I’m 6’6”, 220, pure chocolate, and ranked No. 1 bantamweight in the f****** world, b****!”
Robbery or not, O’Malley is now the top contender in the bantamweight division, but what comes next is still a bit up in the air. Champion Aljamain Sterling threw out several possible names for his next opponent, including O’Malley, and UFC President Dana White suggested Henry Cejudo may be next in line for a title shot. O’Malley himself isn’t quite willing to demand one next, but “Sugar” does believe he’s in position to make his 2023 championship prediction come true.
“I said I was going to be champ 2023, and we’re damn near there boys,” O’Malley said. “We’re damn near there.
“It depends on this new contract I get. If I can go out there and make damn near as much money fighting in a three-round fight, let’s get it, boy. [But] no, I think a title shot is inevitable. I think that’s what’s next. Whether it’s in five months, six months, later. I don’t know, dude. I might get that itch. I’m a competitor. I love to fight, [but] the last thing you want to do is go out there and risk your title shot. I could be the f****** world champ next fight, or I could take this risky fight, lose, and then have to win two more. It’s tricky. I think a lot is going to matter when I sit down with the UFC, have a conversation with them, see where their head is at, go back and forth, and then we’ll see.”
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Teaching the youth.
Young man please don’t try and spread rumors that were simply bad English. You and Jake are such an inspiration to the youth. Build together. Don’t burn. https://t.co/5MYvJaGBcw— Anderson Silva (@SpiderAnderson) October 26, 2022
Can we make NFT out of this? legendary one pic.twitter.com/lvM2ljq6BA— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) October 26, 2022
What’s fascinating to me is that all you media outlets truly feel had his shoulder not dislocate from my initial TD, or if it was healthy, that it would’ve changed anything.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 26, 2022
He would’ve kicked.
I would’ve caught it.
He might’ve been more reckless and made it easier https://t.co/y2KLdMWgrS
I predict the future it holds gold and doh— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 27, 2022
Rewatched the O’Malley yan fight 3 times and I think that at the end of the day Conor sucks snd wont win another fight— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 26, 2022
It’s time for the great challenges, champions against champions, promotions facing each other, only then we will know who is king! The real cross promotion era has started.@rizin_pr and @bellatormma, thank you for taking this big step. The sport thanks you, the fans thank you. https://t.co/aBCUknpOeW— Patricio Pitbull (@PatricioPitbull) October 27, 2022
Arjan Bhullar trying to get traded.
Well they could get 1.6 billion viewers with an Indian athlete coming over @aaronbronsteter— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) October 26, 2022
For the right deal 100%.....and I'd come over and win. Right the wrongs of Askren. Do what Chandler wasn't able to.— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) October 26, 2022
And if 265 is still held up and 205 is the quickest path to the top, so be it— Arjan Singh Bhullar (@TheOneASB) October 26, 2022
I want that rematch with drew full camp we want that ranking spot @DrewDober whatcha say January ???— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) October 26, 2022
A very, very stupid thing.
I have just one question for the MMA media …… pic.twitter.com/m8NBKMK6oE— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) October 26, 2022
Cool fight poster, though.
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