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Midnight Mania! Dana White confirms winner of Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley will receive title shot

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Elsewhere on the main card, former Bantamweight champion Petr Yan will square off opposite rising star Sean O’Malley. It’s a huge step up for the No. 12-ranked O’Malley, and earlier today, UFC President Dana White revealed to Robbie Fox of Barstool Sports that the winner of the bout would receive a Bantamweight title shot (h/t Cole Shelton).

White’s announcements echos O’Malley’s words prior to this. “Suga” has been adamant that he’s just one more win away from the title shot, even considering his most recent result is a controversial “No Contest.”

“I was trying to be humble, but you’re absolutely right. I f—kiing beat Petr, I’m going to be the champ, I’m going to fight for the belt,” O’Malley said on Bisping’s YouTube channel. “That’s what everyone wants. The UFC needs a champion like me. So yeah, you’re 100 percent right. I go out there and starch Petr, he face plants on Oct. 22 in Abu Dhabi, on a massive card, you’re pretty accurate in saying I’ll get the title shot. Especially with Aljo and T.J. being on that card.”

It’s also worth considering that the favorite Yan could win. He just fought Aljamain Sterling in April, so it would be interesting to see if White upheld his promise if that trilogy bout came up so quickly. Otherwise, a potential Dillashaw vs. Yan title fight could be major fireworks, so no obstacle there.

We’ll have to see how it all shakes out after Saturday night.


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