Sean ‘Sugar’ O’Malley is preparing to lock horns with No.1-ranked bantamweight Petr Yan in the dusty desert of Abu Dhabi on October 22.
This will be the American’s most arduous task in the eight walls of death – with a title shot awarded to the man who emerges triumphantly.
The No.12-ranked O’Malley is looking to cause a huge shift in the 135 lbs division – but is the loquacious striker a favorite coming in against the former champion? Check here for the full rundown on UFC predictions, UFC 280 odds, and the pairs’ UFC records.
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Sean O’Malley, who made his professional debut in July 2017 against Alfred Khashakyan, is desperate to continue his ascent of the bantamweight pile with a win against the venerable Petr Yan at the Etihad Arena.
‘Sugar’ is riding a 4-fight winning streak – with notable victories against Kris Moutinho and Raulian Paiva – and has gifted the fans with some thigh-rubbing moments in the cage lately.
O’Malley’s last battle in the cage ended in heartbreak for his opponent Pedro Munhoz – who suffered an accidental eye poke – forcing the veteran brawler to retire serving up O’Malley a no-contest victory.
5 out of O’Malley’s last 6 fights have come via finish and 3 of those KO victories have come in the first round. The 27-year-old will be looking to mirror those stats against Russia’s Yan.
Yan’s only two blemishes on his fight card are against the unstoppable Sterling – the Russian was disqualified at UFC 259 after throwing an illegal knee at the downed Sterling. In the process, Yan relinquished his 135lbs belt and has failed to capture it back.
Yan, who joined the franchise in 2018, exploded onto the scene putting a plethora of household names to the sword. Jose Aldo and Cory Sandhagen fell to the former bantamweight champions’ wrath – stringing together a phenomenal 7-fight winning streak before Sterling snapped it.
Sean O’Malley vs. Petr Yan UFC Fight Odds And UFC Predictions
On the other side of the cage, Yan arrives as the clear favorite at -300 and for good reason – the Russian has a myriad of experience and will attempt to gas ‘Sugar’ out before unloading his gas tank and going for a finish or decision win.
Our prediction is Petr Yan to win via finish or decision against the garrulous O’Malley. If you’re in a regulated state that legalizes sports betting, BETUS offers a whopping 125% sign-up bonus here if you fancy ramping up the excitement.
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